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How Much Money Do American Idol Judges Make?

Have you ever wondered how much American Idol judges make? I mean, how worthwhile is it really to spend your time on the set of American Idol? If you're one of the judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, or Lionel Richie, I think you'd agree it's totally worth it. And don't discount Ryan Seacrest. That guy puts in the time and makes a dime! [caption id="attachment_286133" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood attend the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards[/caption] American Idol Success American Idol has been entertaining audiences for 22 seasons. Through those years, it has brought us some of the most famous entertainers on the planet! From Kelly Clarkson (Season 1 winner) to Carrie Underwood (Season 4 winner) to Chayce Beckham (Season 19 winner) there's no denying the scope of talent that has made its way from the Idol stage to the world stage. And do not forget about Jennifer Hudson who came in seventh of Season 3, losing to Fantasia Barrino. Both of these talented women have made their way to Broadway and the big screen in various projects. Why do we get sucked into this show?! Several reasons: The drama. American Idol is a highly competitive show. With competition comes drama, like when contestants are eliminated or when they receive nasty criticism from the judges. Viewers either love it or love to hate it. The contestants. People enjoy watching the contestants on American Idol grow and develop their talents. Many contestants start as shy or nervous (remember Carrie Underwood?), but they transform into confident and talented performers throughout the show. The judges. America loves to watch the judges give their honest feedback to the contestants, albeit sometimes controversial. It's fun to compare your thoughts to theirs. The music. It's fun to hear your favorite song performed by another artist! American Idol also encourages some contestants to perform their original music, giving the audience a chance to hear something new and fresh. The sense of community. Do you watch Idol with your friends or family? You're not alone. The show is a great way to bond with loved ones and is a fun way to compete with each other to see who can pick the best contestants. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how much American Idol judges make, keep in mind that you have to be "somebody" before you're even asked to be a judge on the show. When it comes to the salaries American Idol judges make, do you think experience and longevity play a role in how much the judges get paid? Not necessarily. Take a look at the current American Idol judges below. (Don't forget about host Ryan Seacrest!) And read what each is worth compared to what they make on the show. You will be surprised. How much do American Idol judges make?