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The rumblings are true -- Mariah Carey will join Simon Cowell on The X Factor!
Cowell alluded to the fact that the new mom would be part of his much-anticipated show, but now a source close to the show has confirmed that Mariah will, in fact, get her moment. Though she won't be a regular judge -- like Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger -- Carey will appear as a special guest judge.
"Mariah is definitely confirmed to be a part of X Factor," the insider told People.com. "She is confirmed to tape something with Simon Cowell at the judge’s homes."
"I think Mariah will have a role in the live shows," Cowell said. "I met her recently and she was on great form."
He also said that when he and the songstress met, Carey was already thinking about what her role on the show could be.
"Her idea was to be the judge of the judges, which only Mariah could come up with," Cowell said. "She'll be involved in some form. I literally adore her. I love her to bits."