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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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121.

Daisy    

WHAT THE FU!!!!! ARE YOU serious? THIS IS WHATS WRONg! She is barely relevant. People kill themselves for one 10th of that...over 20
years... fu all the famous people. stop giving them cash. guess i should stop looking at this then....

635 days ago
122.

texaschickeee    

Carey is nothing but full of herself and sh!t. She is a stripe down barbie that really is there for nothing but the cash. American Idol SHOULD have gone out many years back. The only person that really got out of it what it was designed for was Carrie Underwood. Honestly Seacrest has to be playing into this, just like with Kartrashians and there show that needs to go too. (funny how he is connected to both trash tv that is way over the time line)

634 days ago
123.

shazza    

Can you all please get over it...she is not worth it! Is that to cover all the demands? If you want some aussie viewers move on:)

634 days ago
124.

Sxxssst    

Mariah will be fine. This show is old and there need to be some major changes. I haven't watched in years. Ryan gets on my nerves.

634 days ago
125.

NOTREALLY    

*Assuming their following regular routines from past seasons*

Mariah Carey - $18m = 40 episodes
Britney Spears - $15 = 26 episodes

So no. Britney's getting more per EPISODE which means she's still the highest paid judge. ;D

634 days ago
126.

Karen    

I just quit watching - wow!! She is so washed up.

634 days ago
127.

Katz    

What a waste of money! You thought the show was loosing viewers before, this clown will tear the show down the rest of the way!

634 days ago
128.

bunny    

"Mariah Carey just became the HIGHEST PAID JUDGE in reality television".... AND how much is HOWARD STERN making as a judge in reality television?

634 days ago
129.

ME    

The reason why i will not watch these shows is because of the outrageous money they pay these celebs. who are already multi millionaires. meanwhile they pay the winner 1 million over 40 year annuity

634 days ago
130.

Lee    

That is a ridiculous amount of money to judge a TV show. All she will do is sit on her ass and judge people.

634 days ago
131.

BettieOoo    

Are you kidding me?!? Carey is def not worth 18mil! I mean shes not even relevant! When was the last time she put out anything or the last time anyone gave a damn! RIP AMERICAN IDOL - IT WAS A GOOD RUN! lol

634 days ago
132.

Jan    

BIG MISTAKE by American Idol. Randy Jackson will BORE the viewers talking about his business relationship with Mariah EVEN MORE NOW. Idol lost viewers at last season's finale because they made the show about Jennifer Lopez, not the the CONTESTANTS. Idol's ratings will fall even more now.

634 days ago
133.

nORRis8    

Show is on life-support.......whoops...........CLEAR..........beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.

Nope. Its dead.

634 days ago
134.

wendy    

and minium wage is what for actually hard workin people???? and they want to know why the country is broke!!!! something wrong with our world...

634 days ago
135.

mebrat24    

Still won't watch, the crap on tv now days is disgusting and then you pay $100 a month to complain there isn't any thing to watch.

634 days ago
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