The Grammy-winning artist is nearing a deal to join the Fox reality series as a judge, Deadline.com reports. Carey, 42, would reportedly receive a salary of more than $17 million for next season.
Now headed into its 12th season, Idol lost two judges last week: Steven Tyler announced his exit on Thursday, followed by Jennifer Lopez on Friday. Both had been on the show for two seasons. Record producer Randy Jackson, who has been on the judging panel since the show's 2002 debut, is the only remaining judge.
This is not the first time that Carey, who has previously worked with 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 were fired.
Fox declined to comment on the report.