Mariah Carey To Get $18 Mil For 'Idol'

July 24, 2012 By:
Mariah Carey To Get $18 Mil For 'Idol'

Yesterday we learned that Mariah Carey was to be the next A-list talent to serve as judge on “American Idol.” Today, we are clued into her salary…

Mariah will make some serious cash for her appearance on Fox’s “American Idol.” Reportedly her sum will take her to numero uno in terms on the highest paid reality judges list…

According to TMZ, Carey will earn an eye-popping $18 million for her first season on “American Idol.” That’s 3 million more than the previous record set by pop diva Britney Spears for season 2 of “X Factor.”

Spears, as you may recall, previously wowed us with not only the number of zeros on her paycheck, but on some of the oddities on her contract, which included anything from Diet Coke to a spiritual adviser.

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No word yet on whether Mariah – like Brit – will be requiring round-the-clock fried chicken in her dressing room.

J.Lo, who Mariah is replacing, earned herself a fraction of Mariah’s payday. The “Dance Again” singer was doled $12 mil for her first, last and only appearance on the show.

Obviously, with such a big number, Mariah is pretty pumped on the task of sitting on the “Idol” panel. In a statement yesterday she expressed her excitement of being part of the “Massice global phenomenon.”

“As a singer, songwriter and producer, it’s going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with American Idol,” Carey said.

She also tweeted, “It's gonna be so much fun working on @AmericanIdol. As a singer-songwriter, I'm excited to help find and nurture new talent.”

Sorry, Brit… You’re no longer top diva.