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Source: Mariah Carey in the mix for ‘American Idol’

In this May 25 2012 file phosinger Mariah Carey poses before press conference during Mawazine Festival RabMorocco. Mariah Carey Usher

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)

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Updated: July 16, 2012 6:05PM

NEW YORK — “American Idol” may be getting a worldwide idol as a judge — Mariah Carey.

A person familiar with the show’s negotiations says 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.

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 good friend and producer of Carey’s, is the only judge left.

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, the first since her twins were born last year.

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