came to fame for her powerhouse vocal chords – but does she have what it takes to mentor aspiring singers?
Upon Steven Tyler's confirmation that he will not return
to the American Idol
judges' table – and amid buzz
that Jennifer Lopez
is likely following in his footsteps – Carey, 42, may be making her way to the Fox singing competition.
"She's in play," an insider tells PEOPLE. "They are in serious talks."
Since the show began switching up the panel when Paula Abdul left in 2009
, the only original judge on the panel is Randy Jackson, who has collaborated with Carey throughout her career.
Not that is seems like a bad gig: "I love everybody. I love all the guys on the show," Lopez told the Today show
upon hinting, "I am thinking that it's time for me to go."