Christina Aguilera is the top paid judge of ‘The Voice,’ reports CTV.
The singer reportedly earns $225,000 per episode, compared to the $75,000 that Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton make.
That means that NBC is spending $450,000 on the judges alone, not including production or advertising costs. A little crazy, if you ask me!
The show has been a big success, though, pulling in over 10 million viewers per episode. I’m sure they are making the money back somewhere.
The winner of the show will get a $100,000 recording contact.
This proves my theory that being a reality singing show judge is the best thing you can do for your career. I mean, nobody remembers Aguilera flubbing the national anthem or getting a DUI – they all see her as a rich, successful TV judge now. Smart move.
The music business can be a rough place, even if you were on ‘American Idol.’ Former contestant Kimberly Locke, who finished 3rd in 2002, has unfortunately had a rough time in the music business, after her stint on ‘Idol.’
Locke performed in a 2008 “American Stars in Concert” tour — featuring several AI alums, but never was paid by promoter Scott Stander, even after he was issued a court order.
Locke tells AI Now, “I worked very hard on that tour, and I was disappointed that Stander failed to pay me. This was not only unprofessional, but very insulting and completely unacceptable.”
So unless you are Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson, ‘Idol’ isn’t necessarily the path to riches.
As the Creative Director of Ungaro, many believed that her compensation was purely clothes. However PerezHilton reports that Lindsay had a deal that paid her $1.5 Million a year for three years, as long as he lived up to her “contractual obligations.”
So where’s the money? If Lindsay is picking up pay cheques like that, why can’t she pay her rent?
Johnny Depp will be the highest paid actor in history after the fourth instalment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Reports vary, but Depp is said to be banking between $56 and $61 million for the upcoming film.
Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley will reportedly not be involved with the film, or the big payday.
Tom Hanks is second, being paid $29 million for the coming “Da Vinci Code” sequel.