Mariah Carey Joins American Idol Panel


BURBANK: American Idol has begun rebuilding its judging panel following the exits of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, with Grammy Award-winning artist Mariah Carey due to join the show for its new season in 2013.

"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," said Carey in a statement from FOX. "I can’t wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon."

Simon Fuller, Idol‘s creator and executive producer, added, "Mariah defines the word ‘Idol’ and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her."

Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia, said of the singer: "Having sold more than 200 million records worldwide, she’s a true artist, ideally suited to identify and nurture American Idol‘s next great music superstars. We warmly welcome her to the Idol family."

Said Mike Darnell, the president of alternative entertainment at FOX: "Mariah Carey is the real deal. Not only is she one of the best-selling artists and performers on the planet and one of the world’s most gifted vocalists, she also is a successful songwriter, record producer and actress. She has a deep knowledge of music and a career insight that will make her a really amazing asset to our judges’ table and to our contestants."