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Mariah Carey to pocket $18 million for American Idol
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.
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.