Katy Perry ‘American Idol’ Pay Causes Drama

Published: Tuesday 10th Oct 2017 by David

Katy Perry‘s ‘American Idol‘ pay package is said to have spelled trouble backstage at the show as production kicks off.

The $25 million she picked up to judge on the show is said to have left pennies for her c0-hosts Lionel Ritchie and Luke Bryan.

A talkative source broke it down…

Ben Sherwood blew the budget on Katy without thinking how that would impact other areas of the show budget. He gambled on her because of her appeal to a younger audience and huge social-media following. But Katy is effectively taking money from the other judges, who then had to be paid way less.

The negotiations with Luke and Lionel have been fraught and difficult because of [Katy’s paycheck]. They expected similar deals to Katy, but are, in fact, getting a hell of a lot less.
“Idol” initially offered Richie and Bryan a measly $2.5 million each to take the gig, but the offended singers demanded more, and refused to sign their deals, which postponed ABC’s big talent announcement.  They’re both making about $7 million each now. This has become a very expensive show. If ‘Idol’ doesn’t work, it will blow up big time in Sherwood’s face. If it does work, he’s a genius.

Catch the show when it returns next year.

Do you think Katy was paid too  much?

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  1. MUSICHEAD October 10, 2017

    David wrote a real article. Good job.

    • The Wig Snatcher October 10, 2017


    • BeyHive October 10, 2017

      That David has plaques for his writing dear. Do you have plaques for all the schlongs you’ve taken.

      • Caleb October 10, 2017

        If only there were a plaque for such things.

  2. Fancy BISH October 10, 2017

    Qween Of Flop.

  3. Jasmine October 10, 2017

    Nobody is forcing celebs to join Idol. They know the amounts of money offered for the gig before they sign a contract.

  4. boomkack123 October 10, 2017

    Shows how out of touch Ben is. Katy Perry is far from the force she once was and she’s not a legend like Mariah or an icon like J-Lo or even Nicki Minaj, so it doesn’t make sense to pay her that much.

    As far as talent, even Paula was a great dancer and iconic choreographer, but Katy is neither a great singer, dancer or entertainer after all these years in the game. This era of AI will be a flop…They should have left it in the grave.

    • China October 10, 2017


    • Fancy BISH October 10, 2017

      Yaaas, Paula slays me with her choreography! And her videography is second to NONE! Straight Up, Cold Hearted, Forever Your Girl and The Way You Love Me were ALL directed by David Fincher…Rush Rush video was produced by LucasFilm! Ain’t no Katy cat heffa messing with Paula Julie Abdul, the original Idol lol

  5. The Wig Snatcher October 10, 2017

    Ben Sherwood is toast.

  6. The Wig Snatcher October 10, 2017

    By the way, if social media followings actually equated to sales and ratings successes, that would mean that Selena Gomez should be outselling Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Mariah, Adele, Gaga, etc. But…

    • boomkack123 October 10, 2017

      PREACH! Old execs have no idea how this social media era works. #fail

  7. Giga October 10, 2017

    KKaPerru and J H0 judging talent is a joke.

  8. DanYiel Iman October 10, 2017

    Of course is her talent worth 25 million dollars?!! 🤦🏽‍♂️

  9. Casual October 10, 2017

    Katy was paid WAY too much. There were so many other better options.

  10. Sam October 10, 2017

    This looks like it’s gonna be syndicated on the game show network smh. Great idea but horrible execution.

  11. Mark111 October 10, 2017

    Don’t see the problem of her getting paid more, maybe not half of the budget, but more than the other two for sure. People gotta tune in for this show to be a success, the masses ain’t tuning in to see the other two in 2017. They look at followers for a clear of ads and promotions. But like some said, if those followers ain’t buying their albums, then what make them think they’ll turn on the TV?

    • SMH October 10, 2017

      Lmao and you honestly think the masses will tune in for katy perry? Lmao the delusion. Lionel Ritchie is a LEGEND, and Luke Bryan is one the biggest selling country music stars of the moment. katy is a cartoon character struggling to maintain relevancy. If the masses were checking for her, she wouldn’t be playing half empty arenas and her album wouldn’t have disappeared from existence.

      • Carlitos October 10, 2017

        SMH you’re clearly delusional. While I agree that Lionel is a legend, Katy is one of the biggest popstars today, regardless of what you say or how you feel.

  12. dydy972 October 10, 2017

    I don’t see any genius when you pay an artist 25 million dollars and you give peanuts to Lionel Richie who has been in the business for 30+ years.
    I think they should from now on give the same amount to all the judges. There won’t be no delay and no jealousy because clearly, show working or not working, they already lost money just because of the show being postponed.

  13. SMH October 10, 2017

    The show shouldn’t have been rebooted in the first place. Since it was, only a blubbering idiot would pay katy perry more money than a Music Legend and a current country music star that actually sells records unlike her.

  14. Fancy BISH October 10, 2017

    If Katy performs Bon Appeflop on the premiere episode I will scream like a mountain goat

  15. stan October 10, 2017

    the other judges are seriously paid one tenth of what she’s getting paid. someone was delusional, lol.

    • Fancy BISH October 10, 2017

      lol, exactly…they could have paid each of them $10 million for their services and still saved some coin…but yeah, that bald headed, Bieber meets Miley looking heffa took that $25 million check and RAN hunnie!

  16. truthteller October 10, 2017

    This leak strikes me as an attempt to build up hype just like how that video of Mariah and Nicki Minaj arguing just popped up. I’m not surprised they’ve put so much weight on social media. Selena Gomez was considered for the panel and she’s hardly in a position to critique other’s vocals

  17. Starxavi October 10, 2017

    She doesn’t deserve it and the show will hurt for it and I doubt the show will be a success to be honest. Maybe big first week ratings with a steady decline and no star created.

  18. ~The Arcade~ October 10, 2017

    Yes, she’s overpaid… that’s an insult to Lionel

  19. Ronnie October 10, 2017

    Honestly, Katy isn’t worth going over 5-8 million. 25 million is a bit much, I don’t care what era of Katy we’re talking.

  20. Carlitos October 10, 2017

    This is a lie. ABC had already denounced this. They were within their budget! Stop believing all the falsehoods, you sheep!

  21. Fact Checker October 10, 2017

    Clearly Ben is out of touch with the Pop Market as he would’ve known Katy isn’t worth $25MIL. Katy isn’t even at the top of the current Pop Crop and hasn’t been for years since Teenage Dream. This show will be a Big Budget Flop for the network and tbh they deserve it for being so Tone Deaf to what viewers actually want.

  22. Justafan October 11, 2017

    Katy’s appeal has recently gone down the drain in floppage. So….

  23. Jud January 9, 2018


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