Skooter reporting 07/25/12
, 42, the Grammy-winning pop star will join Fox television's "American Idol" singing contest as a judge next season as the highly rated show struggles to regain its declining audiences.
Carey will be one of the replacements for departing judges Steven Tyler and, Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting, told television critics on Monday in Los Angeles.
Reilly refused to comment on the status of Randy Jackson, the only original member of the show's judging panel, but said he would be announcing a second new judge within the next couple of weeks.
In fact, a possible contender for one of the new jobs would be one-time "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert has been mentioned in the entertainment media.
The show returns with Carey and at least one other new judge for a 12th season in January 2013.