Looks like the rumors are true!
While fellow judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez left the judges panel "American Idol" back in July, Randy Jackson was still hanging on -- until now.
"I'm so excited to be joining 'Idol.' I wanted to be there today and I wish I could've been there myself to tell you," Carey told the audience at the Television Critics Associate Summer Press Tour via phone. "It happened really quickly. I can't wait to get started in a couple months."
Luckily, it seems the long search for new judges may be coming to a close: Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are reportedly in final negotiations to join the panel. Phew!
"American Idol" returns to Fox in January 2013.
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