American Idol's New Judge: Mariah Carey

Diva has officially signed on
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2012 2:59 PM CDT
American Idol's New Judge: Mariah Carey
This June 2, 2012 file photo shows Mariah Carey performing during a concert in Monaco. Carey will be joining the cast of "American Idol."   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, file)

J.Lo, who? Mariah Carey has officially signed on to be American Idol's newest judge, reports TMZ. The singer/notorious diva is reportedly snagging a $12 million paycheck, but sources are already muttering, telling TMZ that Carey was a "nightmare to work with" when she appeared as a guest mentor in 2008. The announcement was made today at TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour; Idol still has one judge's spot to fill. (Read more Mariah Carey stories.)

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