American Idol: Will Mariah Carey Be a Tougher Judge Than Jennifer Lopez?

07/23/2012 at 06:00 PM EDT

American Idol - Mariah Carey Is New Judge; Jennifer Lopez Is Out
Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez
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Mariah Carey is nothing if not a diva – but what kind of American Idol judge will she make?

On Monday, the singer announced what had been speculated about earlier this month: she has officially signed on to the Fox reality show to fill one of the spots being vacated by Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

At times, Lopez – much like former judge Paula Abdul – was sympathetic to young hopefuls and seemingly struggled to dole out criticism. "I didn't know I'd be moved so emotionally by working on the show and working with the contestants," Lopez said while announcing her exit from the series.





Will Carey be another benign addition to the show – or could she shake things up – Simon Cowell-style – and bring the full-on diva 'tude to the table?

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