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Mariah Carey

$18 MILLION

for One Year

7/23/2012 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Mariah Carey just became the HIGHEST PAID JUDGE in reality television ... because her one-year deal with "American Idol" is worth close to $18 MILLION ... this according to sources connected to "Idol."

Carey's deal dwarfs the contract Jennifer Lopez signed when she joined the judge's table -- J.Lo only scored a measly $12 mil for her first year on the show.

Carey also blows past Britney Spears ... who's making $15 million on "X Factor."

Somewhere ... Nick Cannon is smiling.

Mariah has since tweeted about joining the show ... saying, "It's gonna be so much fun working on American Idol. As a singer-songwriter, I'm excited to help find and nurture new talent. LYM! – MC”

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46.

JimmydeansausageCo.    

I'd rather watch some mentally delayed teenagers get drunk & high then cut the lawn.

731 days ago
47.

rico    

This is become one sick country to pay these people that kind of money.Starting with Seacreast to the Kardashians.No talent people. AI, is so yesterday.

731 days ago
48.

Carl    

That is untrue. Simon Cowell is paid more. He just doesn't have a set salary, instead he gets a big chunk of the X-Factor profits.

731 days ago
49.

Yenna    

IF ANYONE DESERVES THE JUDGE CHAIR ON A SINGERS COMPETITION, THAT'S MARIAH CAREY...SHE HAS THE LEGACY AND THE VOICE...SHE'S A LEGEND, AND THE BEST SELLING FEMALE ARTIST OF THE SOUNDSCAN ERA

731 days ago
50.

LadyN    

I don't think I can stomach her every week. I think they should just end the show now before embarrassing themselves even more...

731 days ago
51.

ju    

oh my gosh i can see randy now showing off and flirting with mariah she is a has been they pay her all that money to basically be another jlo

731 days ago
52.

John    

Show's in the gutter now,,, that little "prissy" will end it on a sour note

731 days ago
53.

NYCGossipGirl    

Dayumm *****h. I wont make that my whole life. Smh

731 days ago
54.

whocares    

I can't wait!! Love her!

731 days ago
55.

Master P    

That alone is reason to completely boycott not only AI, but television altogether.
Nothing that this d-bag has ever done or will ever do will ever be worth more than $100k, tops. This is what's wrong with America - if you could put a monetary value of this subjects contribution to society, it would be a big, fat 0!

It's easy: Get a life, get out, travel, enjoy the beaches, do whatever it is you enjoy - rather than to sit at home, shacked up in front of your measly Plasma, enabling losers like MC to rake in $ 18 Mil in one year, more than 100 MCs are worth in a lifetime.

I honestly think that this kind of compensation HAS TO BE outlawed; if you put in a service thats worth $100k, tops, and you get paid $ 18 Mill, than that's the economic equivalent of a massive $17.9M fraud!

MC and the enablers should rot in prison. And yes, I am dead serious.

731 days ago
56.

Sameasitev    

They just lost another viewer.

731 days ago
57.

Meanie    

Show is past it's shelf life now. JLo and Tyler gave it a new life for a while, but it's toast. Mariah should stick to breast feeding.

731 days ago
58.

basketcase    

She'll fail just as lopez did. cancel this show already instead of hiring hasbeens who once got lucky, to be judges.

731 days ago
59.

Sameasitev    

There are three women who make me change the channel away from them. Gloria Allred the ambulance chaser, Nancy Grace legal bitch and Mariah Carey no-talent bitch.
So I guess Idol is a no no for next year.

731 days ago
60.

Joey    

ThE FAT BITZH IS ONLY WORTH ABOUT $1.99
HOW DOES HER LITTLE PUPPET NICK FEEL ABOUT HER CRUISING WITH L A REID IN THE HAMPTONS?

731 days ago
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