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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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76.

Sunset    

She is so tacky and gross.

806 days ago
77.

bluzzone    

Instead focusing on big names to draw more viewers .How about fixing the shows problems.Start by changing the poor voting system. It is the teens who vote endlessly to keep their favorites in.This keeps mediocre singers in ,and gets rid of the good ones early.Last seasons ratings were down because many viewers were angry because their favorites went down early. The judges did a poor job by not being honest enough ,and overpraising contestants. People can see through that crap.Next thing to do is ban all Stevie Wonder ,Mariah Carey,Whitney Houston,and all songs performed by American Idol successes.Been done to death ,and are incredibly inferior to the originals. The Judges are of the least importance to the show.Just get people with personalities that are not afraid to give an honest opinion.Keep the sad stories off the show ,and just focus on the singing competition.It is not a soap opera.

806 days ago
78.

bluzzone    

Instead focusing on big names to draw more viewers .How about fixing the shows problems.Start by changing the poor voting system. It is the teens who vote endlessly to keep their favorites in.This keeps mediocre singers in ,and gets rid of the good ones early.Last seasons ratings were down because many viewers were angry because their favorites went down early. The judges did a poor job by not being honest enough ,and overpraising contestants. People can see through that crap.Next thing to do is ban all Stevie Wonder ,Mariah Carey,Whitney Houston,and all songs performed by American Idol successes.Been done to death ,and are incredibly inferior to the originals. The Judges are of the least importance to the show.Just get people with personalities that are not afraid to give an honest opinion.Keep the sad stories off the show ,and just focus on the singing competition.It is not a soap opera.

806 days ago
79.

BOWTIEFAIL    

Sorry, I can't concentrate on what he's saying with that BOZO the CLOWN bow tie. Wear the tie. Don't let it wear you, kid!

805 days ago
80.

Rudy    

I have been a rabid Mariah Carey fan and endorser for over 10 years, and will continue to be so, but I'm not so unobjective a fan that I don't find some of her actions and news reports to be downright disgusting.

In an economy where scores of people can't afford anything to eat but Fritos for dinner and animals are getting brought to overflowing shelters because owners can no longer afford to care for them, what does she do? She and her...umm, husband...toss around terms like $20 million with the addendum that it doesn't even matter to them and is simply stupid ego money.

What arrogance. That behavior flies in the face of everyone in this country who is struggling with so few hopes on the horizon. It shows how unforgivably out of touch they are.

Turn on a f*cking news channel, Mariah!

805 days ago
81.

john    

you expect us to believe she needs 20 million for idol after she did a JENNY CRAIG COMMERCIAL????

805 days ago
82.

ZepTepi    

I know what the eff you thinking @ Truth. Maybe, somebody need to give you a lobotomy for thinking that Eminem can roll with Nick. Mannn...Nick will stomp a mud hole that blood clot! Stop hating! You're just mad cause you ain't rollin in as much dough as Nick and Mariah.

Awready!

805 days ago
83.

ZepTepi    

I know what the eff you thinking @ Truth. Maybe, somebody need to give you a lobotomy for thinking that Eminem can roll with Nick. Mannn...Nick will stomp a mud hole in that blood clot! Stop hating! You're just mad cause you ain't rollin in as much dough as Nick and Mariah.

Awready!

805 days ago
84.

SAM    

WHO IS THIS NICK PERSON ANYWAYS!!! AS FAR AS MARIAH....SHE IS NOTHING TO LOOK AT AND HER SINGING SUXS!!!!! AI BETTER NOT GET HER...ALOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE TUNING IN ELSEWHERE

805 days ago
85.

MrDLOC    

$40 MILLION??
I say its not enough, when u consider the fallout & permanent damage to an unblemished reputation as a living musical legend & an artist with great musical integrity....
DONT DO IT MARIAH!!!!!!!!
let them find some other star with nothing to lose....

804 days ago
86.

Nwvotes    

Will Mariah Carey make a good 'American Idol' judge? Vote at Nationwidevotes.com

801 days ago
87.

Adatuser    

VANESSA WILLIAMS should be the obvious next choice for an IDOL Judge. She's a triple threat and knows the business very well and for a very long time. C'mon people get with it!

800 days ago
88.

ShannonMacri    

All I know is that if I was a singer on a major tv talent show seen world wide, I would NOT want Brittney,J-Lo or that other no talent hack deciding if I could sing well enough to move on to another week of competition.
Britney and J-Lo are good entertainers and NOT great singers. A huge difference. It goes to show us it's always about the money and not the talent.
The most talented singers never win these competitions anyway.

800 days ago
89.

Emily    

To my mind, Mariah Carey is a very taklented singer, she's a legend with her unique voice, that's why it's not surprising that for her being next "American Idol" judge she will be paid $18 millions. Hiring such a star just can not be cheap. I like JLo and think that she's talented, but Mariah has much better voice, it's even hard to compare them. Of course $18 million is hard to imagine for simple people who visit this site to get some financial help. Anyway, I have never heard that some one from the American stars was paid small money for taking part in popular reality or talent shows.

797 days ago
90.

Holly    

KIM KARDASHION is a piece of trash. Why not get some real class, smarts, funny, talented, articulate, oh yeah, and the can SING live....like Kimberley Locke. She is great with kids, does tons of mentoring, and is a GREAT role model. I would love to see my 8th World Wonder-girl doing her thing.

794 days ago
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