But husband Nick Cannon says the show likely can't afford her.
In an interview with TMZ, Cannon said "Idol" might have to double outgoing judge Jennifer Lopez's rumored $20-million salary to sign his wife.
Lopez and fellow judge Steven Tyler announced they are not returning next season
The show will not comment on whether Carey is in the running as a replacement.
Backstreet's back together again!
That's right, the Backstreet Boys are reuniting.
The group announced on ABC's "Good Morning America" that they're working on a new album, due out next spring, their first since 2005.
The Backstreet Boys will give their first official reunion performance on GMA later this summer.
For the first time since he reached a divorce settlement with Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise is spending some quality time with their daughter Suri.
Cruise has been busy shooting his latest film, "Oblivion," in California. But People.com reports he was spotted in New York Tuesday carrying Suri into a hotel.
People reports that pair have agreed Suri will live in New York full time with mom, but will see her father often.
(Carl Azuz for CNN's Hollywood Minute)