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Mariah Carey


for One Year

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

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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She needs all that money to support herself and Nick Cannon since his career is in the toilet.

787 days ago


Why would Nick Cannon be smiling? He is the one that said American Idol "couldn't afford" Mariah and would have to "at least double" JLO's salary to land her. Lets do the math, Nick...JLO= $15M, Mariah=$18 M..that is NOT double JLO's salary. OHREALLY, you are also right, Mariah is a bitch. She is going to destroy what is left of American Idol-which isn't much.

787 days ago


They pay her that much because they know her presence on the show will increase and sustain such high viewership that the advertising dollar profits will be over $75,000,000
'Cause she's that hot.

787 days ago

Throwback kid    

I thought her no talent D list husband Nick Cannon said they couldn't afford her? maybe Nick should go back to that great acting career of his, wasn't he great in Drumline?

787 days ago


what a huge mistake...AI is definitely not knowing what to do ...

787 days ago


CANCEL this show already.....Mariah is BEYOND annoying.....At least J. Lo was personable.

787 days ago


She stinks.....

787 days ago

Harry Kuheim    

Down with the 1%...she didn't earn that...let's take it in Nov. VOTE Obama

787 days ago


I guess she s not part of the 99%

787 days ago


JLo turned down 20mil-I thought Nick wasn't letting his ho out da house for less than 100mill? Won't help that has been sinking ship anyway-besides Idol and MeMe are 2 peas in a rotten old has been pod

787 days ago


is it just me or is it odd that they aretrying to make publisity outof this, they are trying to make mariah sound like the best in the business and everyone knows that she isdone for. jlo and britney are bith worth much more, i bet mariah herserlf started this rumor to make herself sound like the best paid tv judge

787 days ago


Wow REALLY 18 million..Jesus let me be a dam judge and you can pay me 18, is all not that dam serious yes u sit through bad music, ppl being idiots and etc..but that is just insane..

787 days ago

Sarah Bellum    

I love this! JLo asked for more than $12 million and didn't get it, and here's Mimi getting $18 million. It's like American Idol is giving the middle finger salute to JLo. Love her or hate her, Mimi will be interesting to watch. And I love her tweet about being "a singer songwriter anxious to see talent" whereas JLo says this was just one of the many jobs/endorements she has. Tomorrow is JLo's birthday - think Caspar has been told she needs a proposal? Jenny from the Block will need to one-up Mimi from the Bronx ASAP!

787 days ago


Mariah should retire already. she hasn't had a hit in years. and she dresses like a teenager. retire gracefully.

787 days ago


Cannot stand her. AT ALL! Watched every single season up to this point. Will never watch it again.

787 days ago
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