Mariah Carey in talks to join "American Idol": Report

Singer Mariah Carey speaks onstage during the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles. Christopher Polk/Getty Images For BET

Mariah Carey speaks onstage during the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012, in Los Angeles.
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(CBS/AP) After Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced they were leaving "American Idol," there have been reports that pop star Mariah Carey might be stepping in.

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A person familiar with the show's negotiations says Carey is being pursued to join the judging panel of the Fox talent competition, according to the Associated Press. The source requested anonymity because of the private nature of negotiations, which were termed as serious. Carey has also been courted by other talent competitions, and her name has been thrown out in the past for "Idol" and other shows.

Lopez and Tyler made the announcement last week that they were leaving as judges after two seasons. Randy Jackson, who is a manager, producer and friend of Carey's, is the only judge left. There are reports that Jackson's role may shift as well.

If Carey were to join, she'd bring considerable expertise on hitmaking: The Grammy-winner is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with numerous No. 1 hits. She's currently working on a new album, her first since her twins were born last year.

Other names that are being tossed around as possible judges include Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Fergie and will.i.am, according to E! News.

Aretha Franklin told CNN over the weekend that she's interested in the job, but she wants Patti LaBelle by her side.

"American Idol" has been TV's most popular program for nearly a decade, but has had a marked downturn in its audience. Once a ratings juggernaut, its last finale drew its lowest ratings in its 11-season history.

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