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American Idol Update: Mariah Carey Inching Towards Deal

July 22, 2012 05:00 AM by Stephanie Gustafson

American Idol is the center of attention again, but this time, it has nothing to do with vocal talent. Now that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have been fired stepped down, every celeb from Katy Perry to Charlie Sheen has been named as a possible replacement. But one of the speculated new judges just might actually end up on the panel! Keep reading for the scoop!

Nick Cannon has insisted that American Idol is unable to afford to pay for the presence of Mariah Carey, his lovely wife. When asked whether the singer could end up as JLo’s replacement, he shrugged, saying that the show would have to pony up $40 million, or twice Jennifer Lopez’s salary. He later amended his suggestion, raising the ante to a cool $100 million. Mariah Carey must have differing ideas as to what constitutes an acceptable salary, though, because she is reportedly in talks with the head honchos at American Idol. The negotiations apparently started around $12 million (same as they did for JLo) and, according to one source, have now escalated to the point that Mariah Carey’s expected salary is on par with that of Jennifer Lopez.

Mariah Carey could prove a savior for longtime judge Randy Jackson, who also seems to be a possibility for the chopping block. Jackson would probably remain on the show if Mariah Carey came on board, as the two have worked together extensively in the past. The other spot is still up for grabs, although FOX has yet to officially confirm Jennifer Lopez’s exit.

Do you think Mariah Carey will make a good fit for American Idol? Or do you have someone better in mind? Share your thoughts below!

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