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Mariah's Getting Paid How Much For Idol Gig?! And What's Jennifer Got To Say About It?

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Jennifer Lopez Mariah Idol Advice

Make that money, gurl!

Yesterday, we reported that Mariah Carey had OFFICIALLY signed on to judge American Idol for season twelve!

While originally, there were different numbers being thrown around about her new Idol salary, most recent reports are saying she'll be getting a whopping $18 million paycheck!

If that number sounds familiar, it’s because J.Lo had sought out that SAME amount to stay on the show another year!

Of course, things didn’t end up working in Jennifer’s favor, as her option was not renewed by Fox.

However, if you think that Mariah getting granted Jenny’s $2 million raise has left Mz. Lopez feeling some type of way about the diva — think again!

In a recent interview, when asked if Mariah would make a good judge, Jennifer responded:

"I think so, yeah! Why not? She's a musician for a long time she has a lot of experience. And it's that experience you offer them at the end of the day, the contestants just want to get better and grow through the process."

Well played, Jenny, well played!

As for Jennifer’s advice to new judge Mimi?

"Just enjoy the journey. Just remember you're there at the end of the day to help those contestants grow and to get to the end and to get to that finale."

Oh boy…to say we are REALLY looking forward to seeing Mariah in that judge’s seat would definitely be an understatement!

There’s one thing, though, that Fox president Kevin Reilly wants to set straight — Mariah is NOT Jenny’s replacement, as that was never their goal to do so!

The remaining judge position is set to be chosen within the next couple of weeks and it’s still not clear whether or not Idol vet, Randy Jackson, will return!

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11 comments to “Mariah's Getting Paid How Much For Idol Gig?! And What's Jennifer Got To Say About It?”

  1. 1

    I think she will make a good judge, but it is too little too late. The show is too stale, and making it more about the judges than the contestants will just make it worse.

  2. 2

    I didn't see you report Jlo had a number? Pretending this is true Jlo learned from being hated…When x-hubby broke down on his bday after their break-up, days later Jlo cried at her next concert and "opened up to the audience" she also took interviews about her "sadness" to overshadow the Scarecrow. She is seething about Mariah. I think she has probably heard Mariah speak in that baby incoherent talk and she is laughing her a$$ off. At least Jlo can fake humility and kindness. I liked AI but there is NO WAY I could watch MC

  3. Big Nasty says – reply to this


    Can't wait to watch MIMI on idol!! She's perfect for the show!

  4. 4

    Re: rosebud99 – Agreed. It also is putting a lot of pressure on her and whoever is the third judge to save the show and that isn't fair. As for Mariah's salary, good for her! Once again, Mariah should come through the door making more than JLo. Just like if Adele ever decided to to X Factor, she should make a lot more than Britney Spears. Better singing should equal bigger paycheck!

  5. jennifer says – reply to this


    I love J-Lo's backhanded compliment…."Yeah, I think so, why not." J-lo WISHED she had 1/2 the vocal talent Mariah has! J-lo can't sing and she needs to thank American Idol for getting her "career" back.

  6. colleen says – reply to this


    maybe because mariah carey can actually sing live and is kind of entertaining cuz she is a little wacky.

  7. fancypants66 says – reply to this


    I have been an avid American Idol watcher for years. When the show becomes about the 'judges' more than the contestants, it will be very sad. I don't believe Mariah will be a constructive judge. I think she will be mean-spirited and hateful. She definitely has the experience to be a judge, but I don't think people will 'like' her as a judge. She is just not a nice person. I cannot imagine her giving constructive criticism to anyone. She is just too wrapped up in herself.

  8. 8

    Perez, really? "Jlo's old seat?" Isn't that where Paula used to seat? LOL Idol has TOTALLY UPGRADED! MARIAH will be Great on Idol :) Love Mariah!

  9. 9

    im just stunned they got someone who can actually sing

    mariah is music royalty jennifer likes to act like she is but is far from it.

  10. HoneyWest says – reply to this


    I think maybe Mariah Carey will be a good judge I don't know! Mariah is so wrapped up into herself that its questionable. J.LO would've done a good job if she just put alittle push into her constructive criticisms and be alittle more sharp tongued. I wish Mariah all the best and Good Luck!

  11. Eddie says – reply to this


    I'm sorry but I am living for Mariah's backhanded comment response! I mean, you know Mariah "doesn't know her?" lol even that old comment from back in the day would be priceless to recylce in 2012 and SHUT that J HO bag DOWN!! Please American Idol fumigate the reek of used ass that is J LO before the precious queen Mimi sits there (I know she will anyways). People will love Mariah becuz unlike Stank Ho. Mariah ACTUALLY knows fans and REMEMBERS fans from all over the world and from all career long. She has proven this time and time again live on talks shows around the world in foreign countries! Lets see your faves know your name or remember what gifts you give her! Please Mariah is the reason why her fans love her! The rest of the world will truly get to know who she is! Again J HO, who are you? I don't know you? And EVEN with American IDOL nobody buys your records, just a song here and there. You are not #TRIUMPHANT! get some! LAMBILY 4 LIFE!