/// Mariah Carey Splits With American Idol
The American Idol exodus continues apace, as panelist Mariah Carey has decided to leave the show after a single season. PMK-BNC, the singer’s publicity firm, tweeted out the news late Thursday afternoon, alerting fans that Carey “says goodbye 2 Idol” as she prepares for a world tour in support of her new single, “Beautiful.” Carey, who earned a cool $18 million for her 37-episode stint as an Idol judge, almost immediately retweeted PMK-BNC’s message to her 10.9 million followers. Idol production partners Fox and FreemantleMedia issued a brief joint statement acknowledging Carey’s departure from the show. “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,” the statement read. “We know she will remain an inspiration to Idol hopefuls for many seasons to come.” Carey’s defection comes on the heels of Idol veteran Randy Jackson’s announcement that Season 12 would be his last. Her fellow newcomers, country singer Keith Urban and rapper Nicki Minaj, are also not expected to return for the 2014 edition of Idol, although no official announcements have been made by Fox. Among the Idol alumni said to be lining up for a shot at replacing this season’s panel are Jennifer Hudson , Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken. New judges are usually unveiled in September, when Idol begins its taped auditions.