Report: Mariah Carey Finalizing Deal to Join American Idol as Judge

Pop diva Mariah Carey is reportedly thisclose to becoming the newest American Idol judge.

Our sister site, Deadline.com, dishes that Carey’s salary would top $17 million for next season – more than departing judge Jennifer Lopez.

Lopez and colleague Steven Tyler both announced their exits from the Fox singing competition last week, and Randy Jackson is rumored to be leaving the judge’s table for a mentor position at the show.

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There’s also buzz about former contestant/pop singer Adam Lambert and The Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie joining Idol for Season 12.

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