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."