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Mariah Carey Will Make $18 Million on American Idol | Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey Will Make $18 Million on American Idol

Originally posted 07/24/2012 09:30AM

The newest face at the judges' table is taking home the biggest paycheck.

Mariah Carey, who has officially signed on to join American Idol, will reportedly earn about $18 million for the season.

"Her deal is rumored to be just under $18 million for one year with an option to renew," a source familiar with the negotiation tells PEOPLE.

Carey, 43, will reportedly be the highest paid judge on any reality show.

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Steven Tyler Gets Wet in N.Y.C. | Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler Gets Wet in N.Y.C.

Originally posted 07/24/2012 06:00AM

It was a wet and wild night for Steven Tyler on Sunday.

The former American Idol judge took in a showing of Fuerza Bruta with two pals and his bodyguard at the Daryl Roth Theatre in N.Y.C.

Known for its iconic Mylar pool scene, Tyler wanted to experience it for himself.

"Steven actually got into the pool with the [female cast members] and [seemed to] love every minute of the experience," a source tells PEOPLE.

Calling the Aerosmith front man "incredibly generous," the source goes on to say that he even invited the entire cast to come out and see his show the following night.
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It's Official: Jennifer Lopez Confirms She's Leaving Idol | Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez Confirms She's Leaving American Idol

Originally posted 07/13/2012 12:40PM

After months of speculation, and the "hardest business conversation she's ever had," Jennifer Lopez confirms she is leaving American Idol after two seasons.

"I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do, that I put ... on hold because I love Idol so much," Lopez, 42, told Ryan Seacrest Friday on his KIIS-FM morning show.

"I could do Idol for the rest of my life," she said, "but that would be giving up a bunch of other things. We had an amazing run."

Lopez follows in the footsteps of fellow judge Steven Tyler, who announced Thursday that he will not be returning for another season.

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Mariah Carey in 'Serious Talks' to Be Idol Judge | Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey in 'Serious Talks' to Be American Idol Judge

Originally posted 07/13/2012 09:00AM

Mariah Carey came to fame for her powerhouse vocal chords – but does she have what it takes to mentor aspiring singers?

Upon Steven Tyler's confirmation that he will not return to the American Idol judges' table – and amid buzz that Jennifer Lopez is likely following in his footsteps – Carey, 42, may be making her way to the Fox singing competition.

"She's in play," an insider tells PEOPLE. "They are in serious talks."

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Steven Tyler Quits American Idol, Says He's Giving Up His 'Mistress'

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Steven Tyler Will Not Return to American Idol

Originally posted 07/12/2012 05:00PM

Steven Tyler is going back to his day job.

After two seasons as a judge on American Idol, the Aerosmith frontman says he won't be returning to the reality show and will, instead, be focusing once again on his band.

"After some long ... hard ... thoughts … I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress American Idol before she boils my rabbit," the rocker said in a statement Thursday. "I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I'm back – but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I'm kicking the door open with my band."

Tyler's announcement comes amid continued chatter that Jennifer Lopez will not be returning to the popular Fox show. "I am thinking that it's time for me to go," she recently said about tackling a third season.

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Jennifer Lopez on American Idol: 'It's Time for Me to Go' | Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez on American Idol: 'It's Time for Me to Go'

Originally posted 07/12/2012 11:00AM

Apparently all the buzz about fresh faces on the American Idol judges' panel is not premature.

Jennifer Lopez, who's been on the show for two seasons, appeared on Thursday's Today show and said that when it comes to doing a third season, "I am thinking that it's time for me to go."

But leaving the Fox show, which crowned Phillip Phillips the season 11 winner in May, won't be easy for Lopez, who, besides being mom to 4-year-old twins Max and Emme, is currently on tour with Enrique Iglesias and stars in the new animated movie Ice Age 3: Continental Drift.

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POLL: Should Adam Lambert Be the Next American Idol Judge?

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UpdatePosted 07/09/2012 05:00PM

American Idol: Should Adam Lambert Be a Judge?

Originally posted 07/09/2012 11:05AM

He took the world by storm as a contestant on American Idol. But does Adam Lambert have what it takes to sit on the other side of the judges' table?

Lambert, 30, is reportedly among those being considered for a judging role if Jennifer Lopez doesn't return, according to an E! Online report.

The season 8 singer, who finished as runner-up to Kris Allen in probably the biggest Idol upset ever, is one of the show's biggest stars, and has the outsize personality that would seem perfect for television.

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Should Johnny Depp Make Career Move from Movies to Music?

Johnny Depp's Rocks His MTV Movie Awards Acceptance Speech

Originally posted 06/03/2012 10:45PM

No need for a long speech or laundry list of "thank you" shout-outs.

When Johnny Depp took the stage to accept the generation award at Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards, broadcast live from Los Angeles's Gibson Amphitheatre, the veteran actor showed off another one of his enviable talents.

Depp, 48, grabbed his guitar to jam with rock duo The Black Keys, who launched into their hit "Gold on the Ceiling."

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Chaka Kahn, Neil Diamond, Fantasia Among Idol Finale's Top 11 Moments | Jessica Sanchez

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Best 11 Moments From American Idol's Season 11 Finale

Originally posted 05/24/2012 10:30AM

Wednesday's two-hour American Idol finale culminated in an big win for Phillip Phillips, but that emotional moment was just one of the best of the night. Former contestants Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young got engaged on live TV – which scored high on the emotional richter scale. Besides those two, here are the top 11 moments from Idol's season 11 finale:

Phillip Phillips sings with John Fogerty: The still-unofficial winner and Creedence Clearwater Revival's front man started the show with a pitch-perfect performance of classics "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" and "Bad Moon Rising."

Joshua Sings with Fantasia Barrino: A favorite of the judges, the third-place finisher performed a growling rendition of Elton John's "Take Me to the Pilot" with "the biggest inspiration in my life," season 2 winner Fantasia Barrino.

Top 12 women perform with Chaka Khan: They may have gone home early but Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine, Erika Van Pelt, Elise Testone and Shannon Magrane got to sing "I'm Every Woman" with the legend. Not too shabby!

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Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez  Singing in the Idol Finale

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American Idol: Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez Singing in the Finale

Originally posted 05/17/2012 09:05PM

After a marathon performance night, which had the contestants singing three songs each, American Idol's top three – Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips – faced the final elimination on Thursday.

And even though the contestants say they'll be happy for whoever wins the competition, only two of them will be able to compete in next week's finale.

Keep reading to find out who that will be – and who was sent home Thursday in third place ...

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