Katy Perry Turns Down $20M Offer

American Idol tries to woo singer with big bucks
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2012 2:09 PM CDT
Katy Perry Turns Down $20M Offer
Katy Perry signs autographs on the red carpet during the 2012 Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday, June 17, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Even $20 million can't lure Katy Perry onto American Idol. Apparently trying to upgrade its judges from musical has-beens to superstars, Idol offered her $18 million and tossed in another $2 million for a single season's work—to no avail, TMZ reports. Sources say she didn't object to the money, but has a busy schedule and doesn't like backwards career moves. Quips TMZ: "Mariah must be one pissed, $18 million judge." (Read more Katy Perry stories.)

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