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Judge Not: How the Celebrity-Industrial Complex Is Eating Its Tail

May 18, 2013

Mariah Carey, who made her debut alongside Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban in the now-storied role of celebrity judge on “American Idol” on Wednesday night, was paid as many millions as she has lifetime No. 1 hits  (18) to appear on this, the twelfth season of the long-running show. Eighteen million also happens to be the approximate number of viewers who tuned into the season premiere of the Fox show, down from 30 million just three years ago. That paycheck and even the lackluster ratings still put her ahead of Britney Spears, who received a reported $16 million for her one season of judging on rival “The X Factor”

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