The speculation's underway on just how much Mariah Carey's making as a new "American Idol" judge, and reports suggest that she might've hit the jackpot.
People magazine reports that the superstar singer, who announced Monday that she'll sit at the judges' table for "Idol's" next season, has reportedly netted an estimated $18 million for the gig.
"Her deal is rumored to be just under $18 million for one year with an option to renew," an inside source said to be familiar with Carey's negotiations told People.
If this is true, it means Mrs. Nick Cannon might have received the highest celebrity payout ever to appear as a judge on a show of this kind.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Lopez allegedly made close to $12 million on her first season of "Idol," while Christina Aguilera got a reported $10 million for the third season of "The Voice." New "X Factor" judge Britney Spears is said to have landed a $15 million windfall when she signed on to the "Idol" competitor's new season.
Rumors aside, one thing is for sure: Carey's excited to get started at her new job.
"As a singer, songwriter and producer, it's going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back to American Idol," Carey said in a statement on Monday.
I think this is their last chance. If Mariah can't jumpstart it, they need to take it off the air for a while. It would only take a 5 year hiatus, and it could be revived and be as big as it ever was.
This shows still on?
Hasn't been watchable since Simon left the show. The auditions are the only entertaining part, and after that, they limp to the barn without him. Mariah and her fat paycheck won't change that. Tyler was awful as a judge (99% of his feedback was: "It needs more 'K-K-K-K-YAY-YAH!!!"), and J-Lo was just on there to restart her career. It's had a good run, but now it's time to either get a new "Simon" to carry the show, or take this thing out back and put it down. Let kids go back to being discovered the old fashioned way: by not being terrible.
Why not let 3 people who really need some money, be the judges. A teacher, a fireman and a police officer. Pick ones that listen to music and know something about it. They are capable of judging and they would appreciate the salary...which they deserve !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A teacher fireman Police officer? Really?
Will. NOT. Watch.
Can't stand Mariah Carey. Can NOT stomach her for a nanno second and so American Idol is dead to me.
fat nasty half breed monkey. who cares.
Ok so where is all the outrage about how much she is going to get paid for doing a mindless singing audition!? If this was a corporate exec getting this kind of money for doing this all of the free minded liberal thinkers wold be screaming. Instead this is ok? People in general are just dumb.
Old and tired judges for an old and tired show. She is BEYOND 15-minutes ago, and so is the show. Take it out into the pasture (her, too) and shoot it already.
These people are not worth this kind of money. I'm sorry to say. Remember when you go to buy products that are advertised on the shows, ask yourself why do they keep increasing costs?
What about Nick Cannon. He totally sucks! No talent and yet he hosts a show. UGH!!!
Wondering how tight her dresses will be and whether 90% of her breasts will be exposed.
you'd take the 18 mil if it was offered to anyone of you...keep moving
You write one word and you misspell it, and there is spell check. Great job.
Didn't Howard Stern sign for a rumored $20 million? Are we just ignoring the King of All Media?!
He signed for $15 million. He's mentioned it many times on his show.
Why not Bistol Palin for a judge? She's very bright, worldly, she has an engaging personality, and she is a super talent in her own right. Plus they could probably get her for only about $10 mil.
I can only assume you're joking. Bristal is none of these things. She is, and I'm being kind when I say this, trash.
Hey Mitch, let me quantify that for you...that would be WHITE trash
This is the problem with AI, when you get high profile "judges" it becomes about the judge and less about the contestants, this show has had it's day. Just let it go, most merciful thing we can do.
Amen to that!
She's incredibly talented, incredibly beautiful, and incredibly boring. this is the beginning of the end for Idol.
how appropriate...the talentless judging the talentless.
If Madame Lamebert convinces them to save his dying never-was wannabe career, he'll probably get minimum wage.
Put Mariah in very short cutoffs and a halter top tied at the midriff and heels and I won't care about who's singing. I'll be watching Mariah.
She's just a younger version of Paula Abdul. And she's already using the Idol platform to pimp some stupid new CD. Next Idol season will blow.
Younger version? They're only 8 years apart, LOL!
Not too shabby for a few months or so of "work"...must be nice.
I thought it was Jim Carey.....
I'm sure they'll replace her with Kim Kardasian.. (who cares how you spell it) next.. I find the decline in intelligent programming deplorable.. but what can I say, it's the trend, any show that requires thought and brains gets cancelled.. lol
She is a certified nut case. It's going to be a circus with her being in the center ring. I won't watch Idol anymore, it's lowered it's standards as low as you can get. They should stop production while they are on top, there is no where to go but down and there are speeding to the bottom.
I would watch if Aretha Franklin was a judge. Not too interested otherwise. This program is really going down the tubes.
I would watch Aretha on celebrity death match with stephen segal.
She is almost as uninteresting as Robin Meade on CNN. Also, if she didn't have big Ta Ta's no one would would even know her last name.
Yeah but Robin is freakin' hot!!!
Thank you all for a good laugh!
GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK!
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@ Cole I take great offense to your post. I have used a time clock for almost 25 years. I am a PT and all employees use the clock. Just because some of us use 1 doesn't mean we have a bad job. Mine is very rewarding and the pays not too bad, either.
July 24 @ 2:15
One year tops. She doesn't have an engaging personality/brains to provide much value. I see a trainwreck ahead.
Engaging personality and brains? She does not need those. Dude, just look at those two succulent talents she's flaunting in that photo. If she wears dresses like that, highest ratings ever!
I hope there's no hate for Mariah. After all, she's being 0FFERED the money. Would you say, "oh no, that's too much"? It's just a matter of Fox gambling that viewership will increase with her on "Idol". Then they can also ask for more money from advertisers who will also gamble on Mariah's name alone. Who knows, she may suck as a judge.
Mariah will you be my suga momma?I love to suckle.
shes got great cushin for the pushin
Mmmm, that woman could alleviate hunger in a densely poplulated impoverished third world village if she permitted suckling. Shared the wealth. Would you like a suckle of my zipple?
Nice (•)(•)s,very nice.
I'd pay her $10 to allow me to leave a large steaming pile of pooh on her chest...
I will be a judge on Idol and I will not ask for $18 million. One million will suit me just fine!
But what is FOX getting for that $1million they pay you? Can you guarantee that you would being enough ratings to the series to warrant that check? Advertisers will line up for Idol if Mariah can bring the ratings.
I can gurantee that her name carries 18 times more weight than yours, which is why she's being paid 18 times more than you are asking.
And the fact that you do not even understand the business side to how this works shows that you don't even deserve close to the paycheck you are requesting.
And, I bet she is a far better singer than you too....just a hunch on that one....but her recording history versus your non-existent one is a pretty big clue.
That's like $9million per breast!
Obama will steal 51% of that payday.
Ahhhh being rewarded for being a talentless, fat, wh0re....it's the American way!
She's not rail thin but she's not fat,and she's very talented,and what do you know about her s*x life?Jealousy is very ugly.
are you crazy. I am a singer by trade and she has the perhaps the best range I have ever heard. It is about time they actually had a female singer, who is more than just a dancer who can sing a little. I think she will be truthful and wont be persuaded by Randy to give a standing ovation to individuals that he likes. I got so tired of them doing it this year, and it was a little obvious when he would pull on Jenifer's arm to get her to stand.
She is letting everyone see her milk jugs. We don't tolerate foolishness like that here in Utah The Beautiful.
and Mitt is gonna put a stop to this nonsense when he gets elected. Ladies thingies aren't gonna be out on display where every willynilly can see them. Mitt is gonna clean things up.
You tolerate treating women as 2nd class citizens, and it's all about you! Sinks!
Which is why women move from Utah to Iran. They get more rights in Iran.
I m glad 4 her
To everyone if you dont like the show dont watch it simple as that! we cant keep thinking that this stuff will go away. This is for the poor people if you want to get ahead in life it all depends on you. are you up to the challenge? dont cry about it! do something about it! plain an simple.
...and you thought JLo was a diva? You ain't seen nothin' yet!
@Tom T.I didn't say a 4O hour job worker was a loser,I would just like to see people stop hating on celebrities like Mariah.You don't have to like her but she is gifted and beautiful,and school's already stated where I live,but I don't think it's to late for you to enroll.Maybe you could get a better career and stop punching a clock.
'Stated', eh? Who needs to enroll in school? lol
One more thing, it's 'too late' not 'to late'. Enroll soon! lol
I think to make this a truly talent show they should have the jugdes be the only ones that actually pick the winner. I don't have a problem with allowing the American audience to pick those that want to continue to come back. But if this was a really true talent show like they say then only the judges qualified to judge should get to vote for who they feel has the most talent and star appeal. othewise, it's just a popularity contest and nothing more. A few have won in the past that we all know didn't really deserve to be the winner and a few of them haven't set the world on fire with their "so called" talents. Stopped watching after the first two or three seaons.. another waste of my time which I can't get back in life.
ADAM LAMBERT ROCKS!
WHAT A WASTE OF MONEYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
This might be my reason for no longer watching AI.
Wonder if she's still got milk,such a nice big pair.
Great! Someone grab que cards... don't think she'll know what to say otherwise...
She knows one thing more than you do, guaranteed. She knows they are cue cards, not que cards.
Which will make this entertaining as heck. Have you ever seen Mariah in impromptu situations? She's going to make Paula Abdul look like a genius.
AI is dropping in the ratings not just because of the judges, it's dropping because the talent sucks. I cannot remember who won since carrie underwood. And the white guy with a gutair who beat out Adam Lambert just fell off the face of the earth, probably because he said he would date Adam Lambert if he were gay. Next time keep your mouth shut fool.
With all that money she's going to make, maybe she'll color her roots. lol
Lets all don't watch the show, because we the people are the one who is making them RICH........Let have them donote the 18 mil to the homeless, education and etc. Because no one is worth 18 mil , I don't care what they do. That's the problem ........and it's not 18 mil.......... it's the people ........
who dosent like boobies
I will definitely NOT be watching Idol next season....that's insane. no one should get paid that much money. for anything. ever.
I bet you have seen movies where the actors were paid more than $20million for their roles. Will you now be researching who gets paid what for movies so that you can make sure you aren't a hypocrite? After all, if you won't watch a show where someone gets paid that much, you can't watch a movie where someone gets paid that much. I wonder how many cd's you will not be able to buy anymore, since recording artists get contracts for that amount too.....
You have a lot of research ahead of you.
Adam Lambert sings better and looks amazing! Much more interesting to watch. Da Diva's over-rated!zzzzzz, a/n!
They picked her over Aretha Franklin? Unbelievable! Mariah Carey makes my dogs yelp.
Yelp. Yelp. Yelp. Ya.Wn.
It doesn't matter who the judges are or how much they get paid. The winner of the next, and every single season until the show is canceled will be a white guy who can play guitar...and whether he can sing or not, have a decent singing range, etc. will not matter.
Wow that comment made a lot of sense!
Do hard working people really care who is judging these mindless programs, I can think of better things to do like trying not to get shot here in Chicago......................
Yes.......many better things going on but she is HOT!!! WOW!!!
Singing is overrated. Jazz musicians smoke the floor with any jokers in rock or pop or rap
i stopped watching when I figured out the winners were only going to be elected by teenie weenie bobbers who care more about looks than talent.....Crystal should have gotten it by far......Don't watch "fixed" shows any longer....
Im sick of it all
I very much look forward to watching Mariah and her 2 co-stars!! (as well as watching the other 2 judges....)
Nicely done :)
If people would quit watching/paying for entertainment, this wouldn't happen.
Sorry, she's not all that and a bag of chips! Fools to give her that much money for nothing.
How about taking that $18 million and giving it to the families of the tragic Colorado theater shooting victims. Now that is the PERFECT solution. This is what is wrong with our country. Why does she need sooo much money to do nothing, really?! And we wonder WHY we have no jobs and poverty!!!
I agree with you 100%
She will make that much because the network will make way more than that in ad revenues and appearances because she will be a part of the show.
Why are you typing on here when you could be helping the families of the victims in Colorado?
AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Greed has killed our great country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry but that money should go to Mariah but if she wants to give it away, give to the living who have sick loved ones who cannot afford the medical doctors abd treatnebts needed because their insurance stopped paying for their treatments.
Look at how much the Kartrashians get to annoy us! Its crazy! At least MC can command an audience and has vocal ability. She earns her money, and is one of the few celebs to fall from personal issues, then make a successful comeback.
With all the tv shows on the air, why are you singling this one out to pay money out? Why is it Idol's responsibility, and not other tv shows or movie studios, or anything else.
Idol makes hundreds of millions off ad revenues and music sales. Why are you suddenly having issue with what one judge makes? And why are you suddenly making it Idol's responsibility to get involved in the Colorado incident?
The new entertainment in sports and music. Watching other people being given huge sums of money per minute, regardless of whether they are are doing any good for the watchers.
Are we a sick nation or what, how about asking this person to contribute her $18 million to a charity for laid off workers.
Keith,do you take ten or twenty dollars a week from your pay check and donate it to charity?How often do you volunteer at a food bank or soup kitchen?Mariah has several charities and helps young people,stop judging people you don't know.
I love boobies i'm sick with this.
Great! Another reason NOT to watch!
And count on her dressing like a 17 year old hoochie!
Its not what you are worth its what you can get – aski Jeremy Lin.
$18 mln for what...sitting and being nice ?
Market drives the rate, if she can get the check (and it clears) she deserves it. Congratulations to her agent.
And I think her agent is actually fellow Idol judge, Randy Jackson.
I thought she died?
She's not worth it. Way too much money.
Wo!Look at 'em,I wish I was her baby.
This show is old news already! It's a has been.
Glad to hear it ! Love her !
YES!!!!!!!! I love Mariah Carey, and now i will be Idol's biggest fan!!!!! :)
lol American Idol finally got a judge that has musical talent.
YES!! I must agree. Mariah is very talented and can actually give positive criticism!!!
They are going to pay the diva $18 million. Am I the only one that thinks that what these entertainers get paid is obscene? The middle class works their azz's off, working 40 hours a week. They sit on a panel for an hour & get $18 million. Do you ever wonder why the 99% are a little disgusted. Our wages have remained flat for at least 20 years, but the 1% have seen their wages climb 275%. Just plain not right! By the way, I wouldn't pay her a dime. I have never liked the diva. The show is nothing more than a popularity contest now anyway. The concept of the show is gone.
She's all like (jumps up and down) "But...I'm worth it,cause I've got THESE!!!" lol
Wah wah! Just another bum that wants a handout. Typical Libby.
Stop envying this celebrity,your mundane existence is your own fault not hers.Maybe you should get off these blogs and figure out your own nitch to making millions.
People get paid that much in the entertainment industry because their name alone will add millions in profits to whatever they do, be it a tv show, a movie, whatever. Why should the network make a billion dollars from the show, but the judges should not get anything? This is why she will make that much for one season, because the show will.
@ noname and cole. Why don't you stfu. It seems that ah works 4O hours a week. I happen to agree with what ah said, does that make me a jealous bum looking for a hand out, too? (As I get ready to go punch the timeclock @ 3pm) When does school start for you little brats anyways?
amen! I have what some consider a decent job and I feel fortunate to have it but I struggle sometimes to rake enough money up sometimes to buy one lousy gallon of milk. I believe in being well compensated but the difference between the haves and the have nots continue to grow. Yes the disparity is obscene. I wish I could make just .05% of this amount so I could rest easier at night as well. Like I said, being well compensated when deserved should be expected but it does reach a point where it becomes obscene!!!
Nick ain't hittin'that p@ssy right,i'd tear her a55 up.
Where does all this money come from? Yet, America suffers.
Hey, Einstein, where do you think it comes from? Advertising revenue, iTunes downloads from the show, and cd sales from the people who appear on the show.
It's still bs.
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