Carey Gets Misty-Eyed in New “American Idol” Promo

It looks like Mariah Carey is feelin’ emotions in her new American Idol stint…

The 42-year-old Grammy-winning singer and new Idol judge appears in a new promo for the upcoming 12th season of Fox’s hit reality singing competition.

Mariah Carey

In the clip, Carey delivers a short inspirational message, saying “I always sang and I always wrote. It’s just about having that ambition. You really can’t let go of your dreams,” as footage shows her during the show’s auditions.

In one scene, a teary-eyed Carey says, “Do not make me cry.” She’s also moved by another Idol hopeful, praising him, “I felt every single word you sang.” To another promising talent, she says, “I know people are going to love you.”

Together with Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, Carey joins Randy Jackson on the judging panel, with Ryan Seacrest returning as the host.

The new season of American Idol premieres on January 16, 2013 on Fox.

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