The ‘Teenage Dream’ singer was being ‘hotly pursued.’ Mariah Carey remains only confirmed judge for now.
BY JOYCE CHEN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Looks like Mariah Carey is still sitting solo at the "American Idol" judges' table.
Katy Perry is the latest name to be linked to the hit singing competition show, but recent reports reveal that the singer has turned down the judging gig despite being presented with a record-setting $20 million offer.
According to TMZ, the "Wide Awake" singer isn't looking to budge anytime soon and has made it clear to producers that she's not playing hardball - she simply doesn't know if "Idol" is the right career move for her.
"She was being hotly pursued," a source told Us Weekly of the eye-popping figure. "They really wanted her."
In July, Perry spoke out about why she wasn't throwing her hat into the ring for a spot at the judges' table.
"People have reached out to me about the possibility of being involved, and it's not right for me yet," she told The Hollywood Reporter at the time.
So far Carey, 42, is the only confirmed judge for the upcoming season, and will reportedly rake in $18 million for the job - an unprecedented paycheck for a judge on any music competition show.
Previous judge Jennifer Lopez pulled in a handsome $12 million for each season that she appeared on, and Britney Spears, who will sit at the judges' table for Simon Cowell's "The X Factor," will bring in an impressive $16 million.
Other names that have been floated by "Idol" recently include Nicki Minaj, Pharell Williams, Nick Jonas, Keith Urban and Kanye West.