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Mariah Carey Earning Close To $18 Million For American Idol (Report)

24 July 2012
Mariah Carey attends the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on July 1, 2012  -- Getty Images
Mariah Carey attends the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on July 1, 2012 -- Getty Images

When it comes to the battle of the pop stars on reality TV, Mariah Carey is queen!

According to TMZ, she'll be making close to $18 million for one year behind the judges' table on "American Idol."

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Jennifer Lopez reportedly made $12 million for her first year on "Idol" and Britney Spears reportedly pulls in $15 million for her duties on FOX's "The X Factor."

In a release issued by FOX on Monday, Mariah said she is looking forward to helping find the next music superstars.

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"As a singer, songwriter and producer, it's going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with 'American Idol,'" she said in a statement released by FOX. "I'm currently in the studio working on my new album and its first single, 'Triumphant,' which will be out early next month. I can't wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon."

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