During a phone call during the presentation, the "We Belong Together" singer said, "I'm so excited to be joining 'Idol.' I wanted to be there today and I wish I could have been there myself to tell you. I can't wait to get started in a couple months."
Carey added in a statement, "As a singer, songwriter and producer, it's going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with 'American Idol.' I'm currently in the studio working on my new album and its first single, 'Triumphant,' which will be out early next month. I can't wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon."
According to speculations, Mariah might be getting $12 million to $17 million per season.
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