UPDATE: Mariah Carey gets $18 Million to Judge American Idol (CONFIRMED)
From TMZ: Mariah Carey just became the HIGHEST PAID JUDGE in reality television … because her one-year deal with “American Idol” is worth close to $18 MILLION … this according to sources connected to “Idol.”
Carey’s deal dwarfs the contract Jennifer Lopez signed when she joined the judge’s table — J.Lo only scored a measly $12 mil for her first year on the show.
Carey also blows past Britney Spears … who’s making $15 million on “X Factor.”
Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are out! Who’s next on American Idol judges list? Rumors has it, the 42-year-old diva, Mariah Carey, is reportedly joining Randy Jackson as one of the new judges of American Idol Season 12.
“They are in serious talks with Mariah and it’s very close to being a done deal,” said the source about Carey’s potential future as an Idol judge. “And they will move Randy into a more mentoring role.”
Other celebrities like Idol alum Adam Lambert is also considered to join the list of judges. “They have been talking about Adam for over a month,” a source told E! News. “He personifies the show, and will be a popular choice right from the start. He knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the judges’ comments, he has a human touch, and they know they can’t go wrong if they bring him on. He would be able to bring a unique perspective to the show. People love him.”
American Idol Season 12 is set to premiere this September.