Mariah Carey To Earn $18 Million On American Idol

Mariah Carey To Earn $18 Million On American Idol

Mariah Carey To Earn $18 Million On American Idol

With her new gig as a judge on "American Idol," Mariah Carey is set to see a massive payday - to the tune of $18 million.

"Mariah is getting paid $18 million with a one-year option to do 'Idol,' making her the highest paid judge on any music competition show," an "American Idol" insider tells Us Weekly.

Carey's show predecessor Jennifer Lopez pulled in about $12 million dollars per "Idol" season; Christina Aguilera negotiated a reported $10 million for the third season of "The Voice," while Britney Spears will rake in an approximate $16 million for her stint on "The X Factor."

Carey's show predecessor Jennifer Lopez pulled in about $12 million dollars per "Idol" season; Christina Aguilera negotiated a reported $10 million for the third season of "The Voice," while Britney Spears will rake in an approximate $16 million for her stint on "The X Factor."

"I'm currently in the studio working on my new album and its first single, 'Triumphant,' which will be out early next month," she added. "I can't wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon."

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