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Seems as though the whispers have come true.  Today, Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly announced that Mariah Carey will indeed be an American Idol judge next season.  He even called Mariah on his cell phone when he made the announcement on stage, where she shared her excitement for her new position.

No word on the actually numbers yet but it’s being reported that Mariah will be paid $17  Million for her position.  That eclipses the previous salary amount record set by Jennifer Lopez, who was paid $12 Million.  There also hasn’t been an announcement if there will be another judge selected, since both J. Lo and Steven Tyler are leaving.  But I do wonder what Mariah‘s husband Nick Cannon has to say about all this, after down talking American Idol‘s ability to even afford Mariah… 

Earlier in the month Nick told a TMZ photographer  “I don’t know if they can afford Mariah Carey. That’s a lot of money. If they gave JLo $20 million, they might have to double that!”  Guess everyone has a price!

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