Mariah Carey too expensive for 'American Idol', says Nick Cannon

Washington, July 16 (ANI): 'American Idol' can't "afford" Mariah Carey as a judge, according to her husband, Nick Cannon.

The 'We Belong Together' singer is one of the big names that have surfaced following the announcement Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are to leave, but her husband thinks she would cost show chiefs much more than the salaries paid to the departing panelists.

Cannon told TMZ that it's going to take a huge payday to get Mimi to fill Lopez's vacant seat.

"I don't know if they can afford Mariah Carey. That's a lot of money. If they gave JLo 20 million dollars, they might have to double that!" he told the website.

Lopez reportedly left the show after two seasons in order to concentrate on other projects. (ANI)