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How J.Lo’s New $17.5 Million “Idol” Contract Compares To Other Reality Judges’

Poor Kelly Rowland.

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The worst kept secret in Hollywood came out today: Jennifer Lopez will be back on American Idol for the Fox reality show’s upcoming 13th season. Joined by Harry Connick Jr. and fellow alumni Keith Urban, J.Lo will return to the panel she called home for Seasons 10 and 11… for a mere $17.5 million. But don’t be fooled by the rocks that she’s got. J.Lo’s new salary still pales in comparison to some recent/current reality TV judges, as per the ranking below.

18. Kelly Rowland: $1 Million For The X Factor (Season 3)

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

17. Paulina Rubio: $1.5 Million For The X Factor (Season 3)

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(via The Hollywood Reporter)

16. Nicole Scherzinger: $1.5 Million For The X Factor (Season 1)

(via TV Guide via Examiner)

15. Demi Lovato: $2 Million For The X Factor (Season 3)

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

14. Paula Abdul: $2.5 Million For The X Factor (Season 1)

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(via TV Guide via Examiner)

13. Keith Urban: $5 Million For American Idol (Season 13)

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(via TV Guide)

12. Randy Jackson: $5-$6.5 Million For American Idol (Season 12)

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(via Billboard)

11. Cee Lo Green: $6 Million For The Voice (Season 3)

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(via The Wrap)

10. Blake Shelton: $6 Million For The Voice (Season 3)

(via TV Guide)

9. Usher: $7 Million For The Voice (Season 4)

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(via The Hollywood Reporter)

8. Adam Levine: $10-$12 Million For The Voice (Season 4)

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

7. Nicki Minaj: $12 Million For American Idol (Season 12)

(via Yahoo! Music)

6. Shakira: $12 Million For The Voice (Season 4)

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

5. Christina Aguilera: $12.5 Million For The Voice (Season 5)

(via RadarOnline)

4. Britney Spears: $15 Million For The X Factor (Season 2)

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

3. Jennifer Lopez: $17.5 Million For American Idol (Season 13)

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(via The Daily Mail)

2. Mariah Carey: $18 Million For American Idol (Season 12)

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(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Unfortunately, L.A. Reid’s salary for his two-season stint on The X Factor and Harry Connick Jr.’s contract for his upcoming Idol gig have not been revealed. But there’s no way either compared to…

1. Simon Cowell: $95 Million For The X Factor (Season 3)

(via TV Guide)

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