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Mariah Carey Finalizing American Idol Deal

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01:  Mariah Carey performs during Escape To Total Rewards at Gotham Hall on March 1, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)

Looks like it's really going to happen: Deadline reports that Mariah Carey is in final negotiations to join the judges' table on American Idol next season. What's more, she'll be paid $17 million for the gig, a new record when it comes to the suddenly crowded category of singing-competition judging. Simon Cowell, who had long courted Carey for The X Factor, has gotta be steamed.

Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images