23 July 2012 1:32 PM, PDT | IMDb Television Blog | See recent IMDb Television Blog news »

Although it lost both Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez recently, we can safely say that “American Idol’s” judges table is well on its way to solving its platform shoe deficiency.

Mariah Carey has officially joined “Idol” as its latest judge, according to Kevin Reilly, Fox’s president of entertainment. Reilly made the announcement on Monday morning to members of the media covering the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, taking place in Beverly Hills.

Reilly teed up to the big reveal by putting Carey on speaker phone prior to the executive question and answer session with reporters. After a long pause and a bit of technical difficulty, Carey’s first words to us as an “Idol” judge were…

“I can’t  wait to get started… »

- Melanie McFarland

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