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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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46.

Christina    

I say Stevie Knicks and Adam Lambert. As much as Adam annoyed me while he was on AI, he is a great singer. He was amazing in The Ten Commandments.

738 days ago
47.

SusanCoyote    

Idol can't afford her - because craft services bill would be huge! They could never afford to feed the pig.

738 days ago
48.

Reeta    

This is my thing...Mariah Carey IS one of the biggest names in show business and not to mention loaded already. So, why wouldn't she do it for the same pay as Jennifer Lopez? How about the decision to judge be about finding the undiscovered talent out there and helping them get to the next level. Why must it always be about the money? If you love what you do, you should share your passion and skill with others not because of the what you get paid but because you want to help. I like Nick Cannon, but his comments sounded a little selfish.

738 days ago
49.

ju    

mariah carey is a has been she cant sing anymore and she looks like crap her boobs are to big shes fake looking she doesent deserve big bucks

738 days ago
50.

Katz    

Sorry, I don't think anyone is worth this much money. Take the show off, we are all sick of these reality shows. Sick of Kardashians, Hachelor, Duet, Moms of New York, The women of the dead whatever....Get some good shows back on the air!

738 days ago
51.

ladydiinpa    

unclassy-but ya know Mirah I must show my titties Carey--will only go on for more than Jlo was making, which was what?/ around 15 million--so that is where his statement is coming from, you know she will not sit on that chair for less than what JLo got, and as some have said, stop shopping for these celebs, bring some others with talent in the mix...alicia keys,,ciara...not saying they would do it,,,

738 days ago
52.

karlew    

I love how this little shoe shine boy thinks he's God now that he's latched onto mariah carey. Well fact is she's not all that and personally I wouldn't pay her 10 bucks to play my kids birthday party.

738 days ago
53.

AAAAAAAAAAb    

Who? Mariah Carey? What was the last thing shes done?

738 days ago
54.

Observer999    

Which one is Mariah Carey again? Didn't she used to have a career singing?

738 days ago
55.

Areader    

If Idol wants Mariah Carey they'll open their check book!

738 days ago
56.

TheRodster21    

I prefer Charlie sheen just because of this mess it will create on Idol.

738 days ago
57.

Raymond    

WOW!!! such negative comments to the LEGENDARY SINGER . she's a "has-been" "J.lo has more talent"....lol u poor kids are truly corrupt. "when was her last hit" that was in 09 with obsessed. THE FACT REMAINS IS MARIAH IS SOMETHING THAT THOSE LITTLE CONTESTANTS WISH THEY COULD SING LIKE. NO ONE CAN SING LIKE MARIAH!. just cause her little boy-toy is assuming ****, dont mean u gotta take it as if mariah said, "oh no dahling im not doing not for 20 mill" yall hating, and im sure the ones hating were the ones singing to her music with a damn hair brush. 200 million records, 18 number 1's.....a voice like no other. learn to PAY HOMAGE!!!!

738 days ago
58.

Raymond    

WOW!!! such negative comments to the LEGENDARY SINGER . she's a "has-been" "J.lo has more talent"....lol u poor kids are truly corrupt. "when was her last hit" that was in 09 with obsessed. THE FACT REMAINS IS MARIAH IS SOMETHING THAT THOSE LITTLE CONTESTANTS WISH THEY COULD SING LIKE. NO ONE CAN SING LIKE MARIAH!. just cause her little boy-toy is assuming ****, dont mean u gotta take it as if mariah said, "oh no dahling im not doing not for 20 mill" yall hating, and im sure the ones hating were the ones singing to her music with a damn hair brush. 200 million records sold, 18 number 1 hits. learn to pay HOMAGE!!!

738 days ago
59.

Smokie    

Well, little Nicki Cannon made it clear.....it's all about the $$$$$ and how much they can get. Way go to doooooshbag!!!
PS: Your outfit blows chunks!

738 days ago
60.

always amazed    

Never liked her. Need someone fresh a fairly new comer that still has heart. Tired of fakes need some true talent. Not people who are built up to think they know it all.

738 days ago
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