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Nick Cannon

'American Idol' Can't Afford Mariah Carey!

7/16/2012 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0715_nick_cannon_videoIf "American Idol" wants Mariah Carey to be one of their new judges, they are going to have to break the bank ... this according to Mr. Carey himself, Nick Cannon.

Mariah is one of the big names that has surfaced since Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced they were not coming back to "Idol" next season.

Cannon told our photog yesterday that it's going to take a HUGE payday to get Mimi to fill Lopez's vacant seat. He told us, "I don't know if they can afford Mariah Carey. That's a lot of money. If they gave JLo $20 million, they might have to double that!"
 
Money seems to be an ongoing theme when it comes to divas and singing shows. As TMZ previously reported, Britney Spears based her "X Factor" salary on what JLo made on "Idol" (which we hear is less than the $20 mil Cannon seems to think).

Your move, "Idol."

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Jordan    

American Idol is looking over the obvious choice KIM KARDASHIAN. Kim gets the young audience she already has built in millions of fans that already follow her she is the perfec choice.

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MrHarrybawls2010    

Here's an idea: get rid of all these glamorized "Gong Shows". Anyone remember Taylor Hicks? No? Didn't think so. When you have (cough) "artists" like Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez deciding who has singing talent, it's time to shut it down.

745 days ago
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brent    

If they get Mariah Carey, then they can get Eminem.

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jared phillips    

What an arrogant no talent douche. Nice Pee Wee Herman outfit fgt.

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Stiletto    

New TMZ Poll:

Q: What is bigger?


A) Her diva ego


or


B) Her fat a$$

745 days ago
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LittleMo    

If AI get Aretha Franklin - who has already said she's interested, both Nick and Mariah will have to dig their heads out of their respective behinds.

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D    

since JL and ST announced THEY WERE coming back to American Idol ???????????????? Is that a typo??

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Jay    

God he's tacky, what a loser opening his big mouth like that. Hey Nick, can't stand your wife, never liked her singing, she's NOT that big of a deal so get over it. She gets on Idol I won't be watching.

745 days ago
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Susan62509    

American Idol's goal was to give people with singing talent a break in life to begin their career and now the judges want huge salaries to line their greedy pockets. Sure shows where the celebrity judges selfish heads are at !!!! Sick and sad.

745 days ago
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Ace    

Know anything about business Nick? That's exactly how you scare away an offer, telling them they will have to break the bank before an offer is even made.

745 days ago
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Lori    

Enough! Paying someone, ANYONE, that kind of money to be on AI is ridiculous. How about getting people in the industry who know and love music, enjoy fostering new talent, and who have egos that won't overshadow the contestants. Oh, and who don't have such an inflated sense of self that they think the deserve millions to do it. It's time for AI to go...

745 days ago
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Truth    

OH MAN, THIS DUDE IS FULL OF SH*T. APPEARS AGT GOT HIM DIRT CHEAP. WHOR-IAH CANT SELL RECORDS THESE DAYS, CANT SELL OUT A TOUR (PEEPS WALKED OUT OF HER LAST ONE), LIP SYNCS 90% OF THE TIME, HER BODY IS SHOT, AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST THAT DIVA ATTITUDE CINDERELLA SYNDROME NEEDS TO BE BITCH SLAPPED OUT OF HER. AS FOR NICKY BOY NICK CAREY, LOVE TO SEE HIM IN THE RING WITH EMINEM. MY BETS ON THE EM! #TRUTH!!

745 days ago
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Chuck    

Mirah Carey can't communicate..are they nuts?

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ManiacalZebra    

"announced they were coming back to "Idol" next season."
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Don't you mean "weren't" coming back?

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janet    

who cares. this show is like beating a dead horse.

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