Mariah Carey joined American Idol as a judge on the show's twelfth season, which premiered on FOX on January 16, 2013.
"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," said Carey on the announcing press release. "I can't wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon."
"We are proud to have one of the world's greatest-ever female singers join our show," said Simon Fuller, Idol's creator and executive producer. "Mariah defines the word 'Idol' and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her."
"Mariah Carey is the real deal. Not only is she one of the best-selling artists and performers on the planet and one of the world's most gifted vocalists, she also is a successful songwriter, record producer and actress," said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment at Fox. "She has a deep knowledge of music and a career insight that will make her a really amazing asset to our judges' table and to our contestants. It's the dream of almost everyone who auditions for Idol to sing like Mariah and we couldn't be happier to have her be part of the show."