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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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jmoney    

weren't

772 days ago
17.

Megan    

Mariah is one of the big names that has surfaced since Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced they were coming back to "Idol" next season.

I thought JLO and Steven were NOT coming back...

772 days ago
18.

Porcelain Cougar    

Mariah, DON'T DO IT!!!
This show is on it's way OUT!

772 days ago
19.

Danielle    

That is a ridiculous amount of money.

772 days ago
20.

LiLa    

Forget Carey. This show needs to focus less on the judges and more on the contestants and you cant get that with divas for judges. How about someone from the country music world? Blake Shelton has been great on The Voice so we know it can work. To the poster dissing Taylor Hicks. You obviously haven't heard that Hicks is headlining in Vegas this summer. He may not be your preferred genre but he is successful.

772 days ago
21.

HMichaelH    

Surely the Carey people don't think Mariah is a bigger name or more talented than JLo!!!! If comparative contracts were awarded on popularity and success, Mariah is looking at something less...a lot less... than JLo was being paid.

772 days ago
22.

ME    

Its ridiculous that they pay the winner only 1 million payable over 40 year annuity.... and they give the 3 judges 50 million a year no annuity.

772 days ago
23.

Max    

Mariah, puh-leeze. No one wants to see your hasbeen big ass anymore or hear you screech. And your bought and paid for boytoy in big boy suits comes across as a complete moron whenever he speaks.

772 days ago
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ME    

I say sign william hung for 20 thousand,gilbert godfrey for 30 thousand and sanjaya for 20 bucks

772 days ago
25.

gamepro    

theirs alot better famous people out their then her and i think this should be the last season

772 days ago
26.

laffnbear    

He is shooting his mouth, hoping to make it true. 40 mill? Mariah is not worth dinner and a movie.

772 days ago
27.

BettieOoo    

Ha Nick Cannon has lost his mind if he thinks his baby mama is worth 40mil!! 1st. off Lopez is still putting out music and is still 'hip' today. 2nd. Mariah is so old news! Idol would be stupid to offer her more than Lopez... She no brittany I'll just say that! Shes quite boring!

772 days ago
28.

JuiceJuice    

Mariah Carey is worth more than jlo you fools I saw her perform NYC live I think for new years and she can sing

772 days ago
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I Was About To Say    

NO ONE...NOOOO ONE IS WORTH THAT MUCH MONEY TO SIT IN A CHAIR AND JUDGE PEOPLE SINGING, PHK....I CAN DO THAT, PAY ME 20MILLION!!!!!!!!!!!!

772 days ago
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I Was About To Say    

Kim KarSHAMian has NO talent other then shopping!

772 days ago
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