Mariah Carey joins 'American Idol'

Associated Press
FILE - This May 26, 2012 file photo shows U.S. Singer Mariah Carey performing on stage during a concert at the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco. A person familiar with the singing competition series "American Idol"  negotiations say Carey is being pursued to join the judging panel of the Fox talent competition. The source requested anonymity because of the private nature of negotiations. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, file)

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Mariah Carey will join "American Idol" as a judge next season, Fox announced July 23, bringing her star power to the show that recently lost Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as big ticket draws.

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