From one diva to the next: Mariah Carey replaces Jennifer Lopez as she is announced as American Idol's new judge
00:02 GMT, 24 July 2012
With Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez both announcing their departures from American Idol last week, The Fox network had some new recruiting to do.
And they have now filled one of the gaps by recruiting the music industry's biggest divas, Mariah Carey.
It was confirmed today that the 42-year-old singer would be joining the judging panel for Season 12, which up until now only consisted of longtime judge Randy Jackson.
New recruit: Mariah Carey was announced as American Idol's newest judge today
For several weeks it had been rumoured that Mariah would be in the running for the top job.
According the Entertainment Weekly, her salary is said to be between $12 – $17m. Jennifer was paid $12m during her first season of the show and $15m this year.
Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said in a statement today that the network was thrilled to have the songstress on the team.
Big shake-up: Last week both Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced that they were leaving the talent show, leaving Randy Jackson as the only judge left
'It’s the biggest recording artist than any of these [singing competition] shows have ever had,' he said during a press conference in Beverly Hills.
'It’s an artist many of these contestants have tried to emulate. [The deal] only concluded only hours ago. Not being the only game in town we need to keep things fresh.'
Mr. Reilly then put Mariah on speakerphone to the room.
She said: 'I am so excited to be joining ‘Idol’. First of all, I wanted to be there today and I wish I could've been there to tell you, but I think you know this all kind of just happened real quickly, so I can't wait to get started in a couple months.'
She also expressed her excitement to her fans via Twitter.
'It's gonna be so much fun working on @AmericanIdol,' she wrote. 'As a singer-songwriter, I'm excited to help find and nurture new talent. LYM! –MC'
Already friends: Mariah and Randy cuddled up at the BET Music Awards earlier this month
Steven Tyler was first to announce that he was quitting Idol last week.
Not long after he confirmed he was leaving the talent show, Jennifer said that she was almost certainly going to make an exit too.
Despite reports that she was pushed out of American Idol by Fox network, Jennifer said that Tyler's exit from the singing competition was the real reason she decided to call it quits.
'We had magic,' Lopez revealed in a new interview with ABC News reporter Amy Robach in Montreal, Canada.
Excited: Mariah tweeted her excitement about the top job today following the big announcement
'I don’t know, with him gone, it might be a different formula,' Lopez said during a break from her concert at Bell Centre in Montreal.
She also said last week: 'Something had to give, something has to give. I was really dreading this phone call with you.
honestly feel the time has come that I have to get back to doing the
other things that you do, and you have to pay attention to that, too. I
could keep doing 'Idol' for the rest of my life, but that would be
giving up a bunch of other things. I feel like we had an amazing run.'
Keeping busy: Mariah has been in the studio recording her new album
But over the weekend, The Los Angeles Times and Hollywood trade website Thewrap.com, both reported that Jennifer was 'dumped by [U.S. network] Fox after asking for a $2 million raise in salary,' which would have taken her pay to a whopping $17 million.
Sources told The Wrap that Fox also opted not to pick up fellow judge Steven Tyler's option to appear on the next season of the show.
According to thewrap.com, Jennifer was surprised that Fox did not try to negotiate with a counter offer when she asked for the extra cash.
Along with Jennifer and Tyler, several reports are also hinting that long serving judge Randy Jackson, 56, is also considering departing the show.
Before today's big announcement Mariah's husband Nick said that American Idol could not afford his talented wife.
Cannon said that she would cost show chiefs much more than the salaries paid to the departing panelists.
Nick told website TMZ: “I don't know if they can afford Mariah Carey. That's a lot of money. If they gave J-Lo $20 million, they might have to double that!”
Mariah – who has 14-month-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with Nick – has been in the studio recording a new album with producer Rodney Jerkins.
She tweeted last week: “In the studio with RJ-yeaah, having a nice time! (sic)”
This afternoon Jennifer passed on some tips to her successor.
The departing panellist believes she will do great as long as she remembers it is all about the contestants.
She told E! News: 'There is pressure as far as the live shows, but you know what Just remember you're there at the end of the day to help those contestants grow and to get to the end and to get to that finale.
Passing the baton: This afternoon Jennifer, who was spotted going shopping in New York, passed on some tips to her successor
'And whenever I thought about that it
always made my job a little less pressure-filled and a littler easier,
because it's not about you. It wasn't about me, it was about them. It
was about helping them and that always made it a lot of fun for me. I'm
going to miss it a lot.'
Jennifer is confident Mariah will be a success because she has so much experience in the industry.
She said: 'She's a musician for a
long time she has a lot of experience. And it's that experience you
offer them at the end of the day, the contestants just want to get
better and grow through the process.'
This is not the first time Mariah has appeared on Idol.
The superstar appeared on the show as a guest judge during Season Seven.
Billowing: The singer wore a billowing ensemble featuring white trousers and a very light blue shirt
But her stint was not met with positive reviews, for Mariah was reportedly a nightmare to work with, according to TMZ.
According to a source, Mariah was a huge diva, was late for her shoot at the Beverly Hills Hotel and was rude to people.
The insider did however say Jennifer on the otherhand was a joy to work with, a straight shooter and not fussy at all.