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American Idol

Mariah Carey: Get to Know the American Idol 2013 Judge

Now that the judging lineup for American Idol Season 12 is official, let’s take a closer look at these three newcomers! First up: Mariah Carey.

Mariah, 42, was born in Huntington, New York, and currently splits time between her homes in New York City and Beverly Hills. She’s married to actor/comedian Nick Cannon, with whom she has twin babies, Monroe and Moroccan.

A veteran of the music biz, she goes by many names: Mimi, M.C., Mariah… Call her what you want, but the lady is legendary under any moniker. That’s what selling over 200 million records gets you. This diva’s got five Grammys and is credited with more number one hits than any other solo artist 18 total, 17 of which she wrote herself. As a singer, she continues to impress after 20-plus years in the biz with her five-octave range.

When she was announced as Idol’s first-confirmed judge for Season 12, she stated, “As a singer, songwriter and producer, it's going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with American Idol.

Mariah will reportedly haul in somewhere around $18 million for her one-year judging stint on Idol.

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09.18.2012 / 03:10 AM EDT by Amanda Bell
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