The singer will make her long-awaited debut on the Fox hit as an artist who collaborates with Jamal

By Tim Stack
August 08, 2016 at 06:59 PM EDT
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It’s finally happening: After two seasons of speculation, Mariah Carey will appear on the third season of Empire. Fox co-chariman Dana Walden made the announcement during her TCA panel Monday in Beverly Hills. 

Carey will pay a singer named Kitty who collaborates with Jamal (Jussie Smollett) at Empire and helps him craft an “explosive new song.” She will appear on the Oct. 5 episode. 

The singer shot her Empire appearance last week in Chicago. Walden told the TCA crowd, “I’ve actually seen her a few times out at events and she always makes a point of coming over and talking about her passion for the show and obviously it’s a huge musical label, artists coming in and out all the time, and Mariah’s going to be playing an Empire artist.”

Empire co-creator Lee Daniels, a close personal friend of Carey’s, has teased an appearance by the singer for the past couple of seasons. At the beginning of season 2, Daniels told EW that Carey wanted them to craft a character for her and not play herself. “I think it would be great to play her but she doesn’t want to play her so that’s what we’re doing,” said Daniels last September. “She’s giving us the hard assignment of trying to create a character which we’re doing right now.” 

Empire‘s third season premieres Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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Lee Daniels and Danny Strong created this Fox drama about a kingpin of hip-hop (played by Terrence Howard) and his family, who fight him for control of the empire.
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