Mariah Carey Reportedly ‘in Talks’ for Idol

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Singer Mariah Carey attends the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Singer Mariah Carey attends the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Mariah Carey is reportedly in "serious talks" to join American Idol as a judge next season, or so says People magazine. This isn't the first time there's been a rumor about Carey joining a reality music show — she was allegedly a contender for an X Factor gig once upon a time. Now that J. Lo is leaving, though, Idol has a spot for a fortysomething pop star with young twins looking to get back into the mix.