Katy Perry is reportedly the latest music superstar thrown in the rumor mill of being the next "American Idol" judge.
However, it is being reported that the "Wide Awake" singer has turned down a year-long contract worth $20 million to appear on the series, according to Us Weekly. The alleged sum would have meant that had Perry taken the deal, she would have been earning more than the newest confirmed judge, Mariah Carey.
Carey's salary for one year on the show was reported by several outlets to be around $17 million to $18 million, which set a record for the talent show.
Perry popped up in headlines on Friday, August 24, for ending her romance with singer John Mayer. The 27-year-old pop songstress and 34-year-old crooner have not commented. They sparked romance rumors in mid-June and have been photographed and spotted together several times since then, including in a vehicle and in a pool, but never confirmed publicly that they were involved romantically.
It was confirmed on July 23 that Mariah Carey had signed on as an "American Idol" judge.
Lopez and Tyler, singer of the band Aerosmith, joined the series in 2010 and served as co-judges alongside veteran cast member Randy Jackson for the past two seasons. The former two were cast on the show soon after the departure of the show's most famous judge and co-creator, Simon Cowell, as well as Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres.
Tyler announced in July that he is leaving his "mistress" "American Idol" to focus on his work with his "first love" - his rock group, which is currently touring and is set to release a new album in November.
Lopez's spokesperson confirmed on July 13 that the singer and actress will not return to "American Idol" next season, shortly after the star told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show that she felt like it was time to move on.