Mariah Carey is in talks to join American Idol as a judge, People reports.
"She's in play," an insider tells the magazine. "They are in serious talks."
Steven Tyler exits American Idol after two seasons
Fox declined to comment and an email to Carey's rep was not immediately returned.
The report comes a day after Steven Tyler
's exit and amidst heavy speculation that Jennifer Lopez
also won't return for Season 12. Lopez told Today
's Natalie Morales
on Thursday, "it's maybe time for me to go."
Jennifer Lopez on Idol: "It's maybe time for me to go"
This is not the first time that Carey, who has worked with original Idol
judge Randy Jackson
, has been rumored to be in the running for a judging gig on a Fox singing competition series. Simon Cowell
reportedly pursued Carey for The X Factor
judging panel for Season 1 and she was rumored to be in the mix for Season 2 after Paula Abdul
and Nicole Scherzinger
Adam Lambert to become American Idol judge?
Earlier this week, E! reported that Idol
alum Adam Lambert
was also in talks to join Idol
as a judge.
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