No doubt the producers are looking for someone who will help boost the sagging ratings for the show. In fact this past season's finale posted the lowest ratings ever for a final episode of Idol.
Well according to media reports, Mariah Carey is the No. 1 pick to be a judge for next season and is currently in negotiations to join the show According to one insider involved with the show: "She's in play. They are in serious talks"
Simon Cowell has previously twice before tried to get Carey as a judge for his The X Factor talent reality show.
However, according to Bloomberg News, Idol producers are also considering Mary J. Blige to join the show as a judge as well. If this is true then most likely Blige is probably a back-up choice in case the talks with Carey fall through.
As for poor old Randy Jackson, the talk is that he will remain on the show, but will no longer be a judge, but will be moved to a new "mentoring" position on the show.