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Mariah Carey Reportedly Finalizing American Idol Deal

Truth rating: 8

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Mariah Carey is reportedly closing in on a deal to become an “American Idol” judge.

The singer’s name has been floated in recent days as a possible addition to the show, which saw the departures of both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler from the judges’ table last week.

Now Deadline reports that Carey is “finalizing” a deal with “Idol” that could pay her approximately $17 million next season.

At the moment, no contract is signed and no announcement has been made.

On July 13, Gossip Cop reported that Carey was in talks to join “American Idol,” and it appears those negotiations have moved forward.

Former “Idol” contestant Adam Lambert has also been discussed as a possible new judge.

Meanwhile, the only judge left from the show’s first season — Randy Jackson — has not officially confirmed that he’ll be on the panel when “Idol” returns next January.

Stay tuned.

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