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'American Idol'

Only 1 Judge

Has Signed On

9/5/2012 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0905_mariah_carey_american_idol_article_2"American Idol" is in a pickle -- the judges start their on-air auditions in New York City in 2 weeks, and only one judge has signed a deal ... sources connected with the show tell TMZ.

Our sources tell us ... only Mariah Carey has inked a deal ... and a good deal it is at $18 mil.

We know although producers are set on Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban ... they have not fully come to terms on the deal and nothing is signed.

And it gets worse.  We're told "A.I." honchos want 4 judges on the panel this year, because they don't think 2 women and a man will work.  And they have not picked the 4th.

But wait ... there's more.  Randy Jackson -- who is being kicked upstairs to mentor -- has not signed his deal either.

So right now ... it's Ryan Seacrest and Mariah Carey.  On the bright side, it could be entertaining to see Mariah as Sybil.

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16.

Tbible    

This show has gone to the **** can!!! I will not watch it anymore.

688 days ago
17.

ME    

Its getting more ridiculous when they are paying over 60,000,000.00 ( a year ) for these so called judges. and the winner only gets paid 1,000,000.00 paid out to them in a ( 20 year ) annuity installments.

688 days ago
18.

no shit..    

I'll sign...come get me and I'll do it for 1/2 of whiney Mariah is getting !!! I'm not greedy...move over huney ..Seriously...call me I'll do it ..... and as long as she don't sing...

688 days ago
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688 days ago
20.

Bu    

American Idol has jumped the shark!

688 days ago
21.

Sally    

On a newcast in Tampa, FL today, TMZ was described as a celebrity stalker. Is that a true statement?

688 days ago
22.

LCS27    

I think Honey Boo Boo would be an excellent judge!

688 days ago
23.

waffles    

The good news is that Nicki Minaj hasn't been signed yet so there's still a chance they will get someone with more talent and experience.

688 days ago
24.

pat    

They better not say it too loud. Germ-aine Jackson and his idiot brother will apply for the position.

688 days ago
25.

pat    

I have to agree with JOAO. This show and the others like it are not talent shows at all.


They were designed for you, the viewer, to call in and vote. That's what it's all about. They have agreements with the phone companies where they split the money from calls.


If you add up the numbers of calls from all of these shows, you'll notice that a good chunk of money can be made.

688 days ago
26.

Don Pedro    

American Idol should move to CNN....no body watches that either

688 days ago
27.

LCS27    

Simon Cowell - $ 35 million
Demi - $ 1 million
LA Reid - Don't know probably not more than Demi. but he doesn't care since he can sign all the singers from the show
Britney - $ 17 million
Christina Aguilera - $ 10 million
Cee-Lo, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton - $ 6 million each
Mariah Carey - $ 18 million
Next 3 judges of American Idol – probably an average of $ 6 million for each one

Sub-total - $ 120 millions
Money that the judges will make with the revamp in their careers: $ 80 millions
Total: $ 200 millions
Money that all the winners and runner-ups from the voice, X-Factor and American Idol will do together in the same period: less than $ 1 million.

These shows have become a platform for celebrity musicians be even richer thyaaan they already are and no real musician should take seriously the opportunity to audition to any of these shows.

688 days ago
28.

EMB    

It gets worse? Like the show is still on the air?

688 days ago
29.

karen    

honestly I think they should just cancel american idol No one wants to do it if they did it would've been signed, sealed, delivered by now

688 days ago
30.

really! really?    

Mariah Diva likes being the only one in the spotlight right now. Personally I would like to see AI cancelled before anyone else signs just to leave Mariah Carey alone on the podium. Maybe then she would face the reality that her divatude is a huge turn-off and no one really cares to hear her comments. Stick to singing Mariah- your attitude sucks...

688 days ago
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