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Katy Perry

$20 Mil 'Idol' Offer

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8/25/2012 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"American Idol" desperately wanted Katy Perry to fill one of its vacant judge's seats, so much so,  they offered her $20 MILLION ... but she she still turned it down ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the production tell TMZ ... "Idol" pursued Perry relentlessly for weeks, eager to get her to sign on the dotted line. According to our sources, they started the offer at $18 million, but threw even more cash on the table ... $20 MILLION for a one year contract!!!

We're told Katy made it clear ... she was NOT interested and money wasn't the issue.

Sources tell us ... aside from the fact that Katy's schedule made it impossible to do the show ... she just didn't think it was right career choice for her.

Mariah must be one pissed, $18 million judge.

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31.

IceGypsy    

They should have gotten someone like Stevie Nicks. The woman has been in the industry forever, and she knows what she's talking about when it comes to music production. Not to mention it would be easier to get someone else to sit beside her. Now they Mariah Carey is in place, they are going to have a bitch of a time paying someone enough to take that spot.

787 days ago
32.

moveover    

I have a whole new respect for Katie Perry. Why sell your soul and sell out for money like StephenTyler, J-Lo and Britney Spears did and join a sinking ship? Plus, at best this was never more than a glorified karaoke show. Looks as though Perry not only has good looks but brains, too. I think I'll buy her latest CD this weekend.

787 days ago
33.

brad    

I would like to see Alanis Morrisette get the "American Idol" gig for $18-20 million. She used to be a HUGE star back in the 1990s like Mariah Carey was. Her album "Jagged Little Pill" was a monster success. She's one of the best Canadian musicians of all time, so "Idol" ratings would probably be good in Canada and the U.S. I hear she's interested in doing Idol. She's at a later stage in her career like Mariah is. She is a "real deal" talented musician who has "been there and done that" so she'd be a good judge. She's done some TV shows and movies too. I think she's still pretty hot looking. She'd be really good on that show. Maybe better than Jennifer Lopez. Katy Perry has been friends with Alanis for a long time so I'm sure Katy would be thrilled to see Alanis get the gig.

787 days ago
34.

karen    

damn katy perry why turn down 20 million? being an idol judge looks so easy for 1 season

787 days ago
35.

hihat    

Apparently you simply cannot underestimate the value of D-Cup naturals...

787 days ago
36.

Jeremy    

Meanwhile there are millions of people doing hard labor making 1/10000000000th of what she was offered to do a crappy singing show and sit there in a seat...

787 days ago
37.

the_truth_hurts    

WOW what a stupid ****!

787 days ago
38.

Duca    

I would kill to see Ozzy as a judge!
Just think about it.
Vote Ozzy!

787 days ago
39.

Marsy    

didn't she already guest judge once? i didn't like her. she disrespected some people and came from the land of Warped Tour. she needs to remember where she came from.

787 days ago
40.

MONSTRO    

American Idol Judges ---> Mariah Carey, Timbaland and Prince (BoOMin!)

787 days ago
41.

brad    

You don't have a clue what you are talking about. Katy has been in the music business since she was about 14 years old. She's been singing, playing guitar and piano and writing her own songs ever since. She has producers and other band members who contribute in the studio when they are making an album. Guess what, just about ALL musicians do the same thing.

787 days ago
42.

brad    

You don't have a clue what you are talking about. Katy has been in the music business since she was about 14 years old. She's been singing, playing guitar and piano, and writing her own songs ever since. Go watch Katy's 3D movie for details.

787 days ago
43.

Lauren    

Katie no way! Ok I will watch if there are 2 male judges. Please, remember the days of Ellen, Kara and Paula...uhgghhhh. Ok heres the suggestion: TAKE IT!
TOMMY LEE , USHER OR ELTON JOHN!!!! OR MAYBE EVEN BRETT MICHAELS.

787 days ago
44.

Jim    

No loss. Her & her music are way over-rated.

787 days ago
45.

brad    

I hope that Katy works really hard on her next album and keeps her incredible streak of #1 hits and Top 10 hits going. I like both of her albums. It's kind of rare to buy albums where about 75% of the songs are pretty darned good.

I think Katy did a great job singing and playing guitar at this live performance on Letterman a few years ago. There's a lot more to Katy Perry than just her pretty face and big boobs. This girl has a lot of talent folks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md1dI_Wahx4

787 days ago
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