Salaries of New ‘American Idol’ Judges Topping $30 Million

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It’s official: Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj are joining Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson on the latest judging panel of “American Idol.”

But if former judge Jennifer Lopez’s demanding salary of $17 million sounded like a lot, it should be said that the total sum of the three newest panelists tops out at $30+ million.

Mariah Carey is walking away with a staggering $18 million on season 12, while it is being said that Nicki Minaj has demanded – and received – $8 million.

Country crooner Keith Urban is earning half of his female counterparts at between $3-5 million.

Aside from Carey, no one is making as as much as longtime host Ryan Seacrest, who reportedly earns $15 per season.

Let’s hope the salaries perk up numbers for the Fox series, which saw a ratings drop of 29% from season 10 to season 11.

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