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Nick Cannon

'American Idol' Can't Afford Mariah Carey!

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

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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I'll do it for a cool million.

740 days ago


Some of these celebrities are really getting to me - they have so much money and yet demand even more - greed.

740 days ago


Idol sucks and so does Nick Cannon

740 days ago


Kardashian, no way. She's one of the most hated celebrities in America and people already boycott their products so would boycott the show - too much negative pr - she's actually a liability.

740 days ago

Fools Rush In    

That's really not appealing, a rather crass way of talking about the abilities of your wife. Personally, I don't think a show that has to offer someone 40 million to judge is really worth anyone's time, as it has slid into a ridiculous mess.

740 days ago


Aretha wants the job and she only wants free pizza

740 days ago

I cook 2    

JEEZ...sounds greedy i dont think she would b good anyway. Need someone woth lots of personality

740 days ago


Whatever! MC is no where near worth 20 + mill$ and i can already hear her comments, "no no baby, it should sound like this..." then she sings... BAH NO FU&$ING way pls!

740 days ago


There's so many haters here, you people don't even know Mariah.

She has more talent in a single hair strand that all you no-talent poor idiots that can't do anything but diss.

Nick clearly wasn't being serious, people overblow everything celebrities say. What can you expect though from the haters here with low IQ and know nothing about music talent.

740 days ago


She needs that much money because she eats so much. This little pimp of hers shoyld just go away

740 days ago


NO Way, get Harvey to be a judge.

740 days ago


Rick has a job and no talent..Besides pounding on his sugar mama.I never watchn either one of these people.

740 days ago


Sorry, but I think bringing on Mariah Carey would be a mistake. I personally feel like she is a has-been, and her time is gone. I don't think she will attract viewers to the show. I've never gotten into that show, but still, I think it would be a mistake.

740 days ago


None of the present judges are worth what they are getting paid, and none of the wanna-be judges are worth what they are asking for. CANCEL THE SHOW. BORING.

740 days ago


What a little mouth piece!!! Idol is a sinking ship and his wife won't help!! She is a pain in the ass diva!!

740 days ago
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