Out:  J-Lo and Steven Tyler. In: Mariah Carey.

The pop diva may be close to signing a $17 million deal to become an “American Idol” judge. That’s $17 million per season. Deadline reports:

I have learned that Mariah Carey is finalizing a deal to join Fox’s American Idol as a new judge. I hear Carey would command a salary of more than $17 million for next season, which would set a new record for talent on a reality series, eclipsing the paycheck of Idol‘s Jennifer Lopez.

Although Fox and Carey have yet to confirm the rumor, excited fans are weighing in.



But not everyone is finding religion.

Uh oh. Hopefully Carey haters won’t express their disappointment by launching another Mariah Carey death hoax.