Aug 31, 2013 09:10 AM
To say that Jennifer Lopez is in high demand would be an understatement.
J.Lo was paid a whopping $17.5 million to return to the American Idol judging panel, MailOnline reports.
"It's a major coup for her to land a huge payday like that and I believe she is thrilled with that number," a source told MailOnline. "It's a lot more than the $15 [million] Britney Spears was paid to do The X Factor."
This is a huge spike from the $12 million she received for her first season on Idol in 2011. She was given a $3 million raise the following year and reportedly asked for another cool $3 million to come back for a third season. The Idol producers allegedly didn't budge so she walked away from the reality competition. Mariah Carey, who, along with Nicki Minaj, replaced Jennifer on the show, was reportedly paid $18 million for her single season judging stint.
Jennifer will join new judge Harry Connick Jr. and fellow alum (and Mariah-Nicki catfight moderator) Keith Urban for Season 13, which premiers in January.
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