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Mariah Carey reportedly close to signing a deal with 'American Idol' to serve as judge

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/23/2012 

Mariah Carey is reportedly in the process of finalizing a deal to serve as a judge on American Idol's upcoming twelfth season.

Carey would be looking to receive a salary of at least $17 million if she inks a contract, reported.

Rumors Carey has been in talks with the Fox reality singing competition have swirled for weeks. The singer's addition would be part of Idol's complete judging-panel revamp following the departures of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Whether fellow judge Randy Jackson will return to the mix remains uncertain, as it's been reported he may take on a new mentoring role.

Earlier this year, reports claimed Carey was also under consideration to become a judge on this fall's second season of The X Factor, which will feature Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as its new judges alongside returning panel members Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid. However, Carey's husband and America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon quickly came out and expressed his disapproval, ultimately bashing the idea.

"Why would she do that? Why would my wife be a judge on a show like that? How is that helping the world out? Like to me, when I see Steven Tyler on American Idol, I'm like 'Dang. He used to be the man.' I see him in a different light now," Cannon said during a February broadcast of his Rollin' with Nick Cannon radio show. 

"I mean, he's still -- I can't take anything away from him. He's one of the greatest rock stars of all time, but it's almost like, 'Oh, that's what you gotta do for the check.' There'd have to be a good upside, in my opinion. That's just my opinion."

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