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Katy Perry

$20 Mil 'Idol' Offer

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8/25/2012 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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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46.

HRH Prince Michael    

I must be honest: Katy Perry, is a talented individual.
$20 Million? She probably got at least that - for her Soul.

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735 days ago
47.

Vic    

It makes me wonder.... how much would A.I had offered Michael Jackson to be a judge on the show?? Knowing that MJ had "financial problems" would A.I approach MJ and made him an offer??? im saying if Kathy was offered 20MILL.... I gues MJ would have been around the 40-50MILL

735 days ago
48.

Mandy    

Hahaha it sucks to be mariah right now!

735 days ago
49.

tgrfan42069    

why not get carrie underwood or kelly clarkson..both are talented and know what it takes to win seeings they won.im sure they just want to get big name star power.but they would make good judges

735 days ago
50.

Blacknwild    

SHE DATED THAT TINY PINK D*CK F.A.G.G.O.T RUSSELL. HOW IN THE HELL COULDNT SHE TELL DUDE WAS GAY? EVEN STEVIE WONDER COULD SEE THAT.

735 days ago
51.

BECKER    

Thank Goodness She is a talentless Lip Syncing Phony Bitzh

735 days ago
52.

Eliza    

She's too stable for the job. Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato? Really? At least Mariah has a long successful career. Her opinion means a little bit. Britney is too damaged. If I were an aspiring singer her opinion would mean very little. Demi Lovato's, next to nothing. What a joke. Judges with experience and clout cannot be found at any price obviously. Beginning of the end

735 days ago
53.

Bu    

American Idol doesn't get it. The show itself is getting old and has jumped the shark...it has nothing to do with the judges. I think that the ratting will only go down. J-Lo and Steven were just fine...it's the format that is done, over with!

735 days ago
54.

Sin D    

They need an actual musician for a judge

735 days ago
55.

JUST A GUY    

It makes me, wonder... knowing that Michael Jackson Had some financial problems... Would A.I if he where to be alive.... would they have made an offer??? and if kathy was offered 20MILL.... how much would it be worth for A.I to have MJ on the Show.... I say more than 50MILL.... Harvey what you say?

735 days ago
56.

brad    

I just read that "American Idol" is thinking about getting Nicky Minaj. After I saw her bizarre 2012 Grammy performance, I have no idea why they'd want her.

If they have to have 2 women and 1 man, then make it Mariah and Alanis Morissette. I hear that Keith Urban is in the running too. He'd be fine if they want a country star. Garth Brooks might be good too. Whatever happened to him?

I'm sure TMZ would love to see "drunk as a skunk" Randy Travis on American Idol every week. Except for Lindsay Lohan of course, Randy Travis seems to be the biggest "trainwreck" out there nowadays. People love that. How else to you explain the success of all these stupid reality shows like "The Kardashians" and "Teen Mom"?

735 days ago
57.

Jim in Cali    

Career move? Bitch your career is the songs that Dr. Luke makes for you. You'll be gone in 3yrs tops

735 days ago
58.

Oh A 💛💋    

F*ck that hire me american idol !

735 days ago
59.

Dinosauer    

I thought American Idol was for when artists were well & truly down in the dumps? Katy Perry is blatantly super successful right now, but sheesh 20mil? Crazy.

735 days ago
60.

seamus     

Why not bring back former Idol winners to be judges?

735 days ago
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