You think ‘American Idol’ producers are getting desperate, ’cause I’m thinking they’re desperate for ratings. Why else would they drop $18 million for ONE year to secure Mariah Carey as the judge? The reported $18 million paycheck will make Mariah the highest paid judge in reality TV.
Her deal is rumored to be just under $18 million for one year with an option to renew,” a source familiar with the negotiation tells PEOPLE.
Carey, 42, will reportedly be the highest paid judge on any reality show, although departed judge Jennifer Lopez raked in $20 million plus bonuses her second year, according to a source.
With Lopez – whose exit had nothing to do with dollar signs, said a source – Steven Tyler and potentially Randy Jackson out of the mix, Carey’s panel companions (and their pay rates) have yet to be confirmed.
“It’s gonna be so much fun working on @AmericanIdol,” Carey Tweeted Monday when her new gig was made official. “As a singer-songwriter, I’m excited to help find and nurture new talent.”
And Carey isn’t the only one who pulls in serious pay on reality TV. According to reports, Christina Aguilera will make about $10 million on the third season of The Voice. Howard Stern’s turn as a judge on America’s Got Talent came with a $15 million paycheck.
Money aside, Carey is “totally elated,” adds the source. “She’s in the studio, and she’s getting ready to record the video for her new single, “Triumphant” – certainly an appropriate title, and it was written before the deal.”
Seriously though – $18 MILLION!! I loved ‘American Idol’ for the first couple years, but it is sooooooo past it’s prime. I think they should stick a fork in it and call it done. I can’t even tell you who won the last – say – 5 seasons!
Do you still watch ‘American Idol’?