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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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1.

ohreally    

Mariah is a bitch.

824 days ago
2.

sidithers    

allah is satan

824 days ago
3.

tgrfan42069    

druggies get praised if they are famous.if they arent famous they get shunned

824 days ago
4.

Porno the Clown    

AI is done ...

824 days ago
5.

Eddie    

Jeepers, what an AWFUL choice for judge. American Idol jumped the shark several years ago, now it's just hanging on for dear life. I wouldn't turn down $18 million, though.

824 days ago
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oink    

Pathetic, i have never sit 1 sec and watched that show, and never will. the contestants are dumb to go on a show like that.

824 days ago
7.

Kiko    

Will. Not. Watch.

824 days ago
8.

WTF    

Kim Kardashian - $18million a year for pretty much nothing

824 days ago
9.

JJ    

EPIC FAIL...

824 days ago
10.

ohreally    

I guarantee you if someone comes in singing better than her, watch her give some jealous criticism masked as constructive advice.

824 days ago
11.

Ball`s has no Ball`s    

No she is nutz,f this.Stay home Carey,you suck!

824 days ago
12.

ash    

This is ridiculous. They didn't have to give her so much money. It's disgusting that the celebrities keep trying to top each other's contracts with huge amounts of money.

824 days ago
13.

CLINT    

TMZ reported earlier that she would get 12 million for doing the show for one year. I guess in the last few hours she got a raise up to 18 million. Guess she has to feed the twins. Nobody deserves that much money for sitting on their a$$ and judging semi talented singers. I guess when you have millions of dollars already, 18 million just seems like pennies.

824 days ago
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oink    

Kim Kardashian would actually be a better Judge that the trash they get. never thought i'd say it.

824 days ago
15.

JJ    

They should have got the three breasted babe from Total Recall. At least people would tune in.

824 days ago
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