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Report: Mariah Carey Lands $18 Million ‘American Idol’ Paycheck

Singer will be highest-earning judge on any music competition show

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Mariah Carey attends the BET Awards in Los Angeles.

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After officially joining American Idol as a judge, Mariah Carey will receive $18 million with a one-year option for her role on the show, reports Us Weekly. The hefty paycheck will make Carey the highest earning judge on any music competition show, overshadowing Britney Spears‘ approximately $16 million deal to judge The X Factor. Jennifer Lopez, who recently left Idol along with former judge Steven Tyler, raked in around $12 million for each season.

Though Carey helps fill the vacancies left by Lopez and Tyler, Idol still needs a judge. Last week, Charlie Sheen expressed interest in joining the show’s panel.


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