Mariah Carey‘s PR agency tweeted today that the “Beautiful” singer will be exiting the show, but made sure that we knew she had a #1 single!
The FOX network issued a statement that read (via E! News), “Mariah Carey is a true global icon — one of the most accomplished artists on the planet — and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the ‘American Idol’ contestants this season. We know she will remain an inspiration to ‘Idol’ hopefuls for many seasons to come.”
Only the fate of Keith Urban remains a mystery since Randy Jackson also quit the show after his 12th season. There have been rumors than an all ‘Idol’ alum panel was in the works, but so far it seems only Jennifer Hudson is the only former contestant to sign on in any capacity. There were also whispers of Kelly Clarkson taking over as a judge, though her rep denied that.