Mariah Carey confirmed as new ‘American Idol’ judge; Updated

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As Twitchy reported, Mariah Carey has been close to inking a deal to become the newest judge on “American Idol.” Today, that deal has been confirmed.

It's official!!! @MariahCarey Confirmed For @AmericanIdol Gig! http://t.co/sDRQ2qqE Mimi to be new judge on show!

— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) July 23, 2012

Fox president confirms Mariah Carey is an American Idol judge now.

— Kristin Dos Santos (@KristinDSantos) July 23, 2012

Twitchy will update you as details come in.

Update:

Mariah Carey confirms.

It's gonna be so much fun working on @AmericanIdol. As a singer-songwriter, I'm excited to help find and nurture new talent. LYM! –MC

— Me. I Am Mariah (@MariahCarey) July 23, 2012

As does “American Idol.”

It's official! @MariahCarey has joined #Idol as a new judge!!!

— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) July 23, 2012

TMZ is now reporting some details.

Mariah Carey — You Are the Next 'American Idol' … Judge! http://t.co/SOTM1blS

— TMZ (@TMZ) July 23, 2012

From TMZ:

The announcement was made moments ago at the TV Critics Association Summer Press tour in Beverly Hills.

The 42-year-old singer is rumored to have signed a deal worth $12 million for her first year … the same amount of $$$ Jennifer Lopez made during he first year with the show.

TMZ also reports that there is still no confirmation that Randy Jackson will stay with the show.

Some snark, natch, floats in across the Twittersphere.

The weirdest part about Mariah Carey becoming an American Idol judge is that if a gigantic monster butterfly tried out, it would win.

— Julia Segal (@juliasegal) July 23, 2012

Will this show EVER end?! RT @HollywoodLife: It's official: Mariah Carey will be an #AmericanIdol judge next season! http://t.co/j5ManDLz

— Audarshia Townsend (@IAmAudarshia) July 23, 2012

Congratulations pour in as well.

I can't wait to watch @mariahcarey as a judge!! I LOVE her!!

— Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks) July 23, 2012

It's official @MariahCarey is named new judge on @American idol. Congrats girl, we can't wait to see your killer wardrobe, hair and makeup!

— LookStyleGlam (@LookStyleGlam) July 23, 2012

congrats to @MariahCarey and @AmericanIdol it's going to be a great new season! can wait!!!

— Lisa Breckenridge (@lisabreck) July 23, 2012

Dear American Idol: Congrats on hiring @MariahCarey. #FINALLY

— Erik Bradley (@EBUNC1) July 23, 2012

@MariahCarey: Congrats! They finally hire a REAL singer/songwriter. My #AmericanIdol boycott has officially ended.

— Giblet (@VegasGiblet) July 23, 2012

Update: Seacrest weighs in.

Welcome to the fam @MariahCarey!! When u and @nickcannon need a date night, I'm happy to strap on the double baby bjorn 🙂

— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) July 23, 2012

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