If you remember, American Idol pretended to negotiate with Jennifer Lopez while secretly throwing money at Mariah Carey in hopes of replacing one with the other. Then Idol lied to Carey, telling her she would be the only woman on the panel. And now TMZ.com claims to know Idol has been making offers to Katy Perry, basically throwing money at her too so she’ll sign on to become the other female judge (not Nicki Minaj, that appears to be fabrication by the tabloids). Moreover, were Perry hired, she would have been the highest paid judge ever with a $20 million first season. That’s at least $2 million more than Carey settled for. Except, SURPRISE, Perry threw the money back in Idol’s faces when she turned them down recently. The offer for Perry started at $18 million and dragged on for weeks going up to $20 million because they were desperate to land her (think X Factor’s permissive negotiations for Britney Spears). However, Perry was never interested and could not be bought. She’s too busy and she thinks it’s a bad career move.
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