It’s confirmed! Mariah Carey is now the newest judge of American Idol this season. It was announced on Monday, July 23, at the FOX Television Association Tour in Los Angeles, that Mariah has officially signed a contract as the latest American Idol judge for the show’s upcoming 12th season.
“I think it’s the biggest recording artist that any of these shows have ever had. It’s an artist that many contestants have tried to emulate, have tried to have sung the songs, have tried to have hit the notes and because it really was concluded only hours ago, our new judge cannot be with us.”
Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Mariah is now the highest paid judge in reality show television.
“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.”
What do you think?