Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly opened his executive session at the Television Critics Association summer press tour with some news: Mariah Carey will be on the American Idol judges panel next season.
“We do in fact have one judge whose deal closed very, very recently,” said Reilly. “I think it’s the biggest recording artist that any of these shows have ever had. It’s an artist that many contestenats have tried to emulate, have tried to sing [her] songs, have tried to hit the notes. Because [the deal] really only concluded hours ago, our new judge couldn’t be with us.”
Reilly phoned Carey from his seat on the dais at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“I am so excited to be joining Idol,” said Carey. “I wish I could be there today. I can’t wait too get started. “