Two Big Names Are Now Out of the Running for ‘American Idol’ Judges’ Jobs — With One of Them Reportedly Turning Down $20 Million

Aug 27, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Two big-name stars who have reportedly been in the running for spots as judges on Fox’s "American Idol" have backed out, according to media reports. E! Online reports that Miley Cyrus is no longer under consideration while TMZ.com says Katy Perry rejected a $20 million offer to join the show.

Citing sources close to the production, TMZ reports: "’Idol’ pursued Perry relentlessly for weeks, eager to get her to sign on the dotted line. According to our sources, they started the offer at $18 million, but threw even more cash on the table … $20 million for a one year contract!!!

“We’re told Katy made it clear … she was NOT interested and money wasn’t the issue.”

Perry reportedly thought joining the show would be the wrong career move — along with the fact that her busy schedule would create conflicts.

As for Cyrus, E! Online reports that the young pop star was approached by the "Idol" brain trust but talks never developed substantively and Miley never seriously wanted the gig. She has recently signed up for a guest role on CBS’s "Two and a Half Men" and is working on a new CD.

What about Nicki Minaj, who was “kind of” confirmed as a judge late last week, as we reported previously. E! reports: “Sources confirm to E! News that Nicki Minaj is ‘definitely’ joining the reality competition show. Mariah Carey is also confirmed as a judge for the upcoming season.”

TMZ notes that Carey is being paid $18 million for her work on "Idol."


  1. Miley Cyrus? Really? Time to pull the plug on this show.

  2. I wish I could remember the last time someone from ANY of these shows became a mainstream star on the charts. I thought Melanie Amaro would be a hit, but we have a lot of shows that are talking about making people into stars, and we rarely see it happen.

  3. These shows have become all about the judges and mentors and not about the amateur talent. That is why they would pay 20 million for Katy Perry. And she is right – it would not be the correct career move for her. She doesn’t need Idol to boost her career or self esteem.

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