Mariah Carey’s First ‘American Idol’ Promo Picture Released (PHOTO)

| July 26, 2012 - 1:50 pm

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FOX released on Thursday the first official promo shot of new American Idol judge Mariah Carey, in which the 42-year-old diva looks better than ever.

Striking a pose that only she could pull off, Carey is seen working the camera in a sequined orange dress that hugs at her hips, which she pairs with her straightened light-brown locks and some seriously killer-looking earrings.

It’s a pretty good start for the five-time Grammy winner, though she’ll have some pretty big shoes to fill in January, after the looks Jennifer Lopez pulled off last season. (See below.)

Carey officially joined American Idol on Monday, following high-profile exits from Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

“As a singer, songwriter and producer, it’s going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with American Idol,” Carey said in a press release. “I’m currently in the studio working on my new album and its first single, ‘Triumphant,’ which will be out early next month. I can’t wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show, which is a massive global phenomenon.”

In an interview with TODAY Thursday, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest teased Carey’s imminent arrival, predicting she’ll fit right in on TV’s top-rated show.

“I actually called her last night and I said, ‘So welcome to the family,'” he revealed. “I said, ‘What are you going to be like on the show? She said, ‘You know how I am: I’m very honest. I say what I’m thinking.’ I said, ‘Great. You’ll fit right in.'”

According to multiple reports, Carey is expected to make a whopping $18 million for her new gig.

No word yet on who will replace Tyler, who confirmed his exit earlier this month, or whether the show’s only remaining original judge, Randy Jackson, will be back when the show returns for its twelfth season in January.

Over the weekend, Carey announced on Twitter that her new single, titled ‘Triumphant,’ will be released in early August.

The single features Rick Ross and Meek Mill.

There were also reports Thursday that Carey will re-team with Precious director Lee Daniels on his next project, The Butler, opposite Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda and others.

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