Mariah is ditching the singing competition in favor of a world tour, according to her PR firm.
“W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol,” tweeted Mariah’s PR firm @PMK_BNC.
Though Mariah’s feud with fellow judge Nicki Minaj created lots of buzz prior to Idol‘s season 12 premiere, viewers quickly tired of the duo’s on-camera shenanigans once the season began. Nicki is also leaving Idol.
Are All 4 ‘American Idol’ Judges Leaving?
Though Mariah is the newest judge to announce her departure from the show, she certainly isn’t the first.
Randy Jackson announced his decision to leave the show May 9 with the following statement:
Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season. I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.
As for Nicki and Keith Urban, neither judge has publicly admitted to leaving, but sources confirm we shouldn’t expect to see either of their judgmental faces when the show returns Jan. 2014.
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— Andy Swift