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‘Idol’: It’s Official — Mariah In, Jennifer Out

Mariah Carey is joining 'American Idol'

American Idol is about to get seduced by Mimi!

Mariah Carey will join the granddaddy of all singing shows for it’s 12th season, Fox spokesperson Kevin Reilly announced moments ago.

“I am so excited to be starting Idol,” the singer told TV critics over the phone.  “I wish I could have been there myself, but his all happened real quickly.  I can’t wait to get started in a couple of months.”

Earlier in the Viagra morning, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said he was holding out “one percent” of hope that Jennifer Lopez might return for one more year.

“I think I can say it is 100% that Jennifer won’t be back,”  Reilly said.

He also would not comment on Randy Jackson’s future with the show, but hinted that as Mariah’s manager, he was instrumental in brokering the deal.

“Our ratings were down,” he said.  “Not being the only game in town now, we have to keep things fresh.”

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