The pop diva confirmed via Twitter that the season just concluded was her last. The confirmation, via her publicists at PMK BNC stated, "W/ global success of "#Beautiful" (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol."
Carey follows fellow "Idol" judge Randy Jackson out the door, leaving Keith Urban and
Another report had stated that all four judges had been let go from "Idol" after a second year of lackluster ratings. (It has had two straight seasons of double-digit drops in viewership.) But at Fox's upfront presentation to advertisers in May, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly stated that all the judges were welcome back for the show's 13th season but that they would be returning to a three-judge format.
The 12th-season finale was the lowest-rated season finale ever for the series, with 14.3 million viewers.
Carey's year on the show was marked by a protracted feud with Minaj. In a May appearance on KTLA, Carey's husband,