Mariah Carey Leaves ‘American Idol’

Mariah Carey is officially leaves “American Idol,” the singer’s publicists announced via Twitter on Thursday

What Fox, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment said concerning Carey’s departure:

They said that “Mariah Carey is a true global icon and one of the most accomplished artists on the planet and that they feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the ‘American Idol’ contestants this season. Also added that they believe that she will remain an inspiration to ‘Idol’ hopefuls for many seasons to come.”

About American Idol judging panel

Keith Urban remains the last judge standing, but is not expected to return. Even before Carey’s exit, there were rumblings that “American Idol” producers planned to replace all four judges and start fresh for American Idol Season 13, potentially with a judging panel made up of “Idol” alums such as Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert.

Despite Carey‘s vocal pedigree, she and fellow judging newcomers Nicki Minaj and Urban failed to reinvigorate the aging franchise, with “Idol” hitting an all-time ratings low for its recent Season 12 finale.

Many contend that Carey’s highly publicized, season-long feud with Minaj soured viewers to the new panel and contributed to the ratings erosion, resulting in rumors that Fox executives and “Idol” producers attempted to replace Carey with former judge Jennifer Lopez to stem the flow of departing fans.

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