After weeks of speculation and industry buzz, Kevin Reilly, President of Fox Entertainment has confirmed that Mariah Carey will sit on the judges panel for the twelfth season of American Idol: “It’s the biggest recording artist than any of these shows have ever had. It’s an artist many of these contestants have tried to emulate. [The deal] concluded only hours ago. Not being the only game in town we need to keep things fresh.”
The Grammy award winning singer and fan favourite has reportedly signed the highest sum contract for the show so far. With Steven Tyler on the out and Jennifer Lopez now replaced, rumours are swirling that Randy Jackson will stay on leaving one spot to fill. As Britney Spears takes on the X Factor and Christina Aguilera leads The Voice, the question remains: Will Mariah Carey save American Idol? Stay tuned!