In this May 25, 2012 file photo, singer Mariah Carey poses before a press conference, during the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco. Mariah Carey, Usher and Celine Dion are among the heady names being tossed around as "American Idol" replacement judges after the exits of judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File) Image Credit: AP

American Idol may be getting a worldwide idol as a judge — Mariah Carey.
A person familiar with the show’s negotiations say Carey is being pursued to join the judging panel of the Fox talent competition. The source requested anonymity because of the private nature of negotiations, which were termed as serious.
There are two openings: Both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced 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.
It would also give the show a heavy dose of superstardom, which is key considering the star power on shows like X Factor, which added Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges and will begin its second season in the fall.
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.