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Signs deal with 'American Idol'

After the exits of judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, "American Idol" announced Carey would come on as a judge for the show's 12th season. The one-year contract was for $18 million. MORE: Mariah Carey is just what 'American Idol' needed: A real singer | Brad Paisley as 'American Idol' judge? | PHOTOS: 'American Idol' judges through the years Lionel Cironneau / Associated Press