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Mariah Carey, 42, has become the new female lead judge on America’s most popular judging panel for TV show American Idol. She will replace Jennifer Lopez, who left the show this year.

Steven Tyler, lead rockman of Aerosmith also departed, whose replacement hasn’t fully been acknowledged yet. Carey is expected to earn the same sum as former judge Lopez, netting roughly $2 million.

She is expected to debut in early 2013 for the twelfth series.

Husband Nick Cannon, presented of Simon Cowell’s America’s Got Talent, believed talent shows were “beneath her.”

Tensions have previously been reported between Simons Cowell and Fuller both on the rival shows.

Carey was meant to be last year’s XFactor USA judge’s houses guest with Cowell, and future panel work was considered. Britney Spears currently earns $3million more on XFactor USA.