Mariah Carey joins the American Idol judges' panel

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 23, 2012 

Mariah Carey will judge the upcoming season of "American Idol," Fox confirmed on Monday.

As the news became official, she tweeted, "It's gonna be so much fun working on @AmericanIdol. As a singer-songwriter, I'm excited to help find and nurture new talent."

Mariah Carey's name floated around as a rumored judge for quite some time, but I'm a little surprised that those rumors turned into reality.

Here are some of my favorite Twitter reactions to the announcement:

"Mariah's gonna be a great Idol judge. Only she can properly guide a young artist from 'ordinary' to 'slutty McSticky' in 4 years." @iowaradioguy

"Mariah Carey is gonna be pissed when she finds out she can't judge 'American Idol' while sitting on a unicorn or taking a bubble bath." @JennyJohnsonHi5

"Mariah Carey will join American Idol as a judge, which is great since she's basically J. Lo, Paula Abdul, and Steven Tyler rolled into one." @VanityFair

Am I confident in her judging abilities? Sure. Assuming I can forget about this:

And this:

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