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.
Mariah Carey performs during Escape To Total Rewards at Gotham Hall on March 1, 2012 in New York City. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images