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Mariah Carey to join American Idol judges panel

  • Grammy-winning songstress Mariah Carey is to join Fox’s American Idol singing competition as a judge next season.

    Carey will be one of the replacements for departing judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

    Tyler, the frontman for rock band Aerosmith, announced his departure earlier this month.

    In recent weeks, Lopez had also hinted at her departure, which was confirmed by a network spokesperson on Monday.

    Carey, 42, known for ballads such as Hero and We Belong Together, is expected to help recapture viewership that has dwindled in recent years.

    The singer has won five Grammys and sold more than 200 million records worldwide.