Jul 13, 2012 11:41 AM EDT
Singer Mariah Carey is considering becoming a co-host of Fox network's hit show "American Idol."
After Steven Tyler issued a statement announcing that he will not be returning next season after working two seasons as a judge, now Carey is having discussions with the show's producers to replace him.
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A source told People magazine about Carey's discussions with the producers, saying, "She's in play."
"They are in serious talks," added the insider.
Carey, 42 is managed by "American Idol" host Randy Jackson, who is now rumored to be departing.
According to US Weekly, "[Show producers] think they need to freshen everything up now," a source told the magazine exclusively.
"They are in serious talks with Mariah and it's very close to being a done deal," the source added. "And they will move Randy into a more mentoring role."
The insider also revealed that the show's producers are seeking replacements for Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson to sit alongside Carey. The other celebs that have been considered to sit at the judges' table include Fergie and Adam Lambert, said the report.
"American Idol" began switching up the judging panel when original host Paula Abdul left in 2009. Randy Jackson is the last member of the show's original judging panel since the show launched in 2002.
Jennifer Lopez hinted on the "Today" show Thursday that she might be leaving.
"I love everybody. I love all the guys on the show," Lopez said. "I am thinking that it's time for me to go."
E! News first reported that "American Idol" producers are also considering Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Fergie as replacements.
Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert reportedly was "in talks" to be on the judging panel but later issued a statement saying, "IF Idol wants to talk to me about judging, I'd be more than flattered to have that conversation," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Pop star Katy Perry addressed speculation of her possibility of taking the job when she told The Hollywood Reporter, "People have reached out to me about the possibility of being involved, and it's not right for me yet. It's a real commitment to be on one of those shows, "she added. "I have ideas for two or three big, creative things, and I want to be able to fulfill those ideas."
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