Mariah Carey Getting $18 Million For Idol Gig: Report

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

MARIAH Carey will make a fortune from her new gig judging American Idol.

According to Us Weekly, the superstar singer will earn $18 million to become a judge — that’s $6 million more than what Jennifer Lopez got per season.

“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,” a source said.

Carey confirmed Monday that she’s heading to the judges’ panel.

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

“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.”