May 29, 2012 9:25am
While much had been made of Britney Spearsâ demands before she signed on as a judge for âThe X Factor,â TMZ is reporting she had one main stipulation: she had to make more than Jennifer Lopez did on her freshman season of âAmerican Idol.â
The gossip site reports Britâs âintractable demandâ was to score a payday bigger than Lopezâ $12 million first-season âIdolâ salary. Spears reportedly got her way: sheâs said to be making $15 million â" though TMZ says Brit wanted $20 million.
Lopez was given a substantial raise for her second go-âround on âAmerican Idol,â but the site says itâs less than the $20 million that has been reported. Itâs unknown if sheâll return as a judge next season, but declining ratings certainly donât help her case. If sheâs offered less than Britney to come back, the site says Lopez would likely walk.