As Twitchy reported, Mariah Carey has been close to inking a deal to become the newest judge on “American Idol.” Today, that deal has been confirmed.

Twitchy will update you as details come in.


Mariah Carey confirms.

As does “American Idol.”

TMZ is now reporting some details.

From TMZ:

The announcement was made moments ago at the TV Critics Association Summer Press tour in Beverly Hills.

The 42-year-old singer is rumored to have signed a deal worth $12 million for her first year … the same amount of $$$ Jennifer Lopez made during he first year with the show.

TMZ also reports that there is still no confirmation that Randy Jackson will stay with the show.

Some snark, natch, floats in across the Twittersphere.

Congratulations pour in as well.

Update: Seacrest weighs in.