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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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91.

Sandra     

Idol is all but dead and Mariah will not help ratings!! Her career has been dead for some time and I can't stand her diva behaviour!!

789 days ago
92.

Nwvotes    

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789 days ago
93.

NiceGuy    

NOT F@#@CKING WORTH any of those dollars!!
I don't get it. Back when Paula Abdul wanted a total (I believe) of 8 to maybe 10 million for her salary,the show told her to F-OFF.

789 days ago
94.

AS    

She may be a great singer but the public wants someone they can relate to. She will drive many viewers away because of her horrible diva attitude. Spend all the money you want Idol....I think this is the last year...I feel for whoever else they get....Folks thought Jennifer would be a diva on screen but she wasn't. I just don't see Mariah being humble and grateful...18 mil huh?

789 days ago
95.

William    

She can't sing (she screeches), she can't dance, she has no stage presence (apparently she suffers from terrible stage fright) and she can't act. So, she wears tight, low-cut dresses, and sets the puppies loose. How did she sell all those records?

789 days ago
96.

MsOphelia98    

America has some seriously f***ed up priorities. She is getting paid $18 million for what? to sit behind a desk and act like she knows what's going on?! Disgusting. :-(

789 days ago
97.

SMASHED    

test

789 days ago
98.

esq777    

$18 million? Is she going to develop a cure for cancer during one of the episodes? What a joke.

789 days ago
99.

sheesh    

this is seriously messed up! Anyone who would watch that show after hearing this is sick in the head.

789 days ago
100.

Calinative    

She should get more money than those two chicks. Her talent and success overshadow both of them.

789 days ago
101.

Ingy53    

I love American Idol, but I can't stand her, I will never watch again! Don't think it will make it this year!

789 days ago
102.

IceGypsy    

Cha Ching!! Good for her!

789 days ago
103.

Flying Blind    

Look at it this way, if they have 18 million to pay her and they do. (they are still the highest rated non sports show on TV or close). One of the executives would just stick it in their pocket.

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789 days ago
104.

Anya    

I stopped watching when Simon left. His critiques were so often right on, very humorous at times and brutally honest when necessary.

789 days ago
105.

jen    

18 million dollars wasted, that could have been spent on something more noble then a washed up, overly-hyped, crazy has-been singer... dumbasses

789 days ago
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