Mariah Carey to join American Idol judging panel

LONDON. July 24. KAZINFORM Mariah Carey will join American Idol as a judge for the show's next series, TV network Fox has announced, BBC reported.

Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and singer Jennifer Lopez left the show at the end of the 11th series in May.

"I am so excited to be joining 'Idol," said Carey. "I can't wait to get started in the fall and I will see you in January."

Mariah Carey, 42, joins long-serving Randy Jackson on the judging panel, who is her joint manager.

According to one report, the Grammy-winning pop star will get $18 million (£11.5m) for her one-year contract with the option of renewing it.

American Idol is increasingly under pressure in the ratings from rival shows like Simon Cowell's X Factor USA and The Voice.

Last season's finale was the least watched in its history and the show is seeing its young, adult audience shrink.

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