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Mariah Carey reportedly close to a deal to become 'American Idol' judge

07/21/2012 by Kristina Lopez

Mariah Carey might be a bit closer to becoming a judge on "American Idol."

The 42-year-old singer is finalizing a deal to join the singing competition series for its 12th season next year, Deadline.com reports. Carey is reportedly commanding a salary of more than $17 million, which would set a record for talent on the show.

It was reported earlier this month that the singer had entered into "serious talks" to be on the show. The rumor mill began shortly after Jennifer Lopez announced her departure from the series on July 13 and Steven Tyler announced his exit on July 12.

Randy Jackson, who is one of the original judges from the series, has worked with Carey in the past. He has produced and co-wrote several of her songs as well as played bass for the singer during her tours and in the studio.

According to the Deadline report, Carey was originally courted to become a judge on the second season of "The X Factor" but the show tapped Britney Spears and Demi Lovato to join as judges instead.

Lopez and Tyler, singer of the band Aerosmith, joined the series in 2010 and have served as co-judges alongside veteran cast member Randy Jackson for the past two seasons. The former two were cast on the show soon after the departure of the show's most famous judge and co-creator, Simon Cowell, as well as Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres.

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