Mariah Carey Joins ‘American Idol’ As New Judge

Source: Lynn Elber / AP

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Fox says Mariah Carey is joining “American Idol” as a new judge.

Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly announced her signing to a meeting of the Television Critics Association on Monday, and then put Carey on speaker phone to confirm the deal.

“I am so excited to be joining ‘American Idol,'” she said. “This kind of all just happened really quickly.”

Earlier this month, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez said they were leaving “American Idol” after two years as judges.

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