Mariah Carey Close To Signing $17 Million Per Year ‘American Idol’ Deal

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Over the past few years it’s seemed that every time a position opens up on the judging panels of either the X Factor or American Idol, pop diva Mariah Carey is one of the names linked to taking over the post.

Ultimately those reports have always come to nothing, but this time round, with American Idol needing two judges to replace the outgoing Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez – and having seen the revitalizing effect the show has had on the latter’s career in particular – Carey suddenly seems to fit the part more than she might’ve previously. And it’s looking like this time she might take it.

Deadline is reporting that the Carey is set to sign a deal worth a whopping $17 million with Fox to appear as a judge on the next season of Idol. The show is seeking a huge revamp following falling ratings and a failure to gain an Emmy nomination in the Best Reality-Show category for the first time in its history.