Posted by: cnikky

Mariah Carey inked an 18 million dollar deal with FOX this week to be the new judge on American Idol.  When both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced that they would be leaving the show, everyone wanted to know who was big enough to step in their shoes?  Well, who else but the fabulous Mariah Carey??  SO this season we can look forward to more sequince, wind machines, big hair and dramatic entrances from the one and only Mariah.  This should be a huge ratings success!

She tweeted: “It’s gonna be so much fun working on @AmericanIdol. As a singer-songwriter, I’m excited to help find and nurture new talent. LYM!”

At FOX’s TCA presentation today, MiMi called in to tell the room thank you:

“Thank you! Yay! I’m so excited to be joining Idol,” said Carey on the phone. “First of all, I wanted to be there today and I wish I could have been there today to tell you, but this just happened real quickly. I can’t wait to get started in a couple months. Everybody have a great TCA and I will see you in January!”

In an official press release sent to by Carey’s rep, the musician adds:

“As a singer, songwriter and producer, it’s going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with American Idol. I’m currently in the studio working on my new album and its first single, ‘Triumphant,’ which will be out early next month. I can’t wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon.”

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