Jennifer Lopez has been paid a whopping $17.5m to return to her post as judge on American Idol next season.
'There was a lot of back and forth negotiating on her salary, but now it's finally been settled that Jennifer will earn $17.5m to go back to Idol next season,' a source told MailOnline.
'It's a major coup for her to land a huge paycheck like that and I believe she is thrilled with that number. It's a lot more than the $15m Britney Spears was paid to do The X Factor.'
In mid-August there were rumours that Jennifer, the mother of five-year-old twins Max and Emme, was getting a $15m salary for her third season of Idol, but the figure is actually higher.
The $17.5m salary is a big leap from the $12m paycheck J-Lo was handed for her first season of Idol in 2011. For her second season she was given a $3m raise to $15m.
It was reported last year that when Jennifer asked for another $2m raise to come back for her third season the Idol producers refused and she walked.