It’s official! American Idol has announced the panel of judges for next season. Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. will make up the panel. Randy Jackson will take over for Jimmy Iovine as the in-house mentor. Keith was a judge last season, JLO was a judge two seasons ago and this is Harry’s first time but he did serve as a guest mentor. This is the first year that Randy will not be a judge. The auditions start this week in Boston and Season 13 will premiere in January. Some of the tabloids are reporting that JLO will be paid $17.5 million this season. How does this compare to other singing judges over the years? Buzzfeed.com put together a list.
Mariah Carey-$18 million for last season of Idol
Britney Spears-$15 million for X Factor
Christina Aguilera-$12.5 million for the next season of The Voice
Shakira-$12 million for last season of The Voice
Nicki Minaj-$12 million for Idol
Adam Levine-$10-12 million The Voice
Usher-$7 million The Voice
Blake Shelton- $6 million The Voice
Cee Lo Green- $6 million The Voice
Click here for the full list.
Miley speaks…and I wish she wouldn’t have. She gave her first interview since her VMA Performance. It’s our fault for overthinking it and she made history?????? what??????