Katy Perry Turns Down ‘American Idol’ Offer of $20 Million

The ‘Wide Awake’ singer has reportedly rejected $20 million offer to be a judge on American Idol upcoming season.

Katy Perry was promised $20 million for being an ‘American Idol’ new judge, but she turned the offer down. Photo: andre madrid/Flickr

The show makers tried to do their best chasing after the singer and increasing their offer from $18 million to $20 million, but Katy still doesn’t want to be a judge as she does not believe it is a good move for her career, TMZ reports.

“She was being hotly pursued,” a source familiar with the matter told reporters about Perry’s “Idol” offer. “They really wanted her.”

Perry’s refusal hasn’t become surprise as she had previously talked about joining “Idol” last month.

She said at the time: “People have reached out to me about the possibility of being involved, and it’s not right for me yet. It’s a real commitment to be on one of those shows.…I have ideas for two or three big, creative things, and I want to be able to fulfill those ideas.”

A source close to the situation told HollywoodLife.com exclusively, “Katy felt that judging on Idol is like appearing on DWTS, meaning your career is over or in a desperate need of a [overhaul] and Katy believes her career is only going up and she is strictly focused on her music.”

He went on, adding “[Katy] also declined to appear on her own show for [the CW], so she doesn’t want to do anything else but new music and a new album.”

News of Katy’s offer may possibly hurt Idol producers, the insider continued, “All potential judges that have been mentioned are still in contention, but Idol put themselves in a hole as everyone wants way more money then they may even deserve since people like Katy have been offered 20 million.”

After Perry rejected the offer, the show organizers continued their search to replace Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson (who will vacate his seat on the panel and instead serve as a mentor during the upcoming season).

As US Magazine writes, there’s a list of possible Idol additions, which includes Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban and Nick Jonas, though none at this point have been confirmed.

Last month saw the news that Mariah Carey officially agreed on being a judge, accepting an $18 million offer – making her the highest-paid judge on any music competition show.

“I’m so excited to be joining ‘Idol.’ I wanted to be there today and I wish I could’ve been there myself to tell you,” Carey revealed. “It happened really quickly. I can’t wait to get started in a couple months. Everybody have a great TCA and I will see you in January.”

She continued: “As a singer, songwriter and producer, it’s going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with ‘American Idol.”

“I’m currently in the studio working on my new album and its first single, ‘Triumphant,’ which will be out early next month. I can’t wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon.”

Carey’s show predecessor Lopez, negotiated a reported $12 million per Idol season; Christina Aguilera pulled in about $10 million for the third season of The Voice, while Britney Spears will rake in an approximate $16 million for her stint on The X Factor.

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