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Source: Mariah Carey Getting $17 Million for 'Idol'
Pop diva to be paid the same amount Lopez sought to stay
on another year
Pop diva Mariah Carey has been paid the
queenly sum of $17 million to be a judge on "American Idol," the
same amount Jennifer Lopez sought to stay on another year, an individual close
to the negotiations told TheWrap.
The insider said the $17 million made her the highest-paid judge on a
television singing competition, a claim that could not immediately be
Lopez's departure announcement came a day after Aerosmith frontman Steve
Tyler said he would not be returning to the show after two seasons.
The show is expected to announce the rest of the judging panel in the next
couple of weeks, Fox executives said at a gathering for television critics on
Monday. It is still not clear whether Randy Jackson, the only remaining original
"Idol" judge, would return to the show.