€5.8m pay rise for Cowell

Simon Cowell is set to receive a €5.8m pay rise to remain a judge on 'American Idol'.

Simon Cowell is set to receive a €5.8m pay rise to remain a judge on 'American Idol'.

The British music mogul is in the process of finalising a new deal with US TV network FOX which will see him earn an estimated €32m for appearing on the talent show.

Robert Sillerman, chairman of 'American Idol' parent company CKX, said: "We have heard from FOX who has asked us for approval for Simon Cowell to appear for three more years on 'Idol'.

"They, in their negotiations with Cowell, have asked us to pre-approve him not only for 'American Idol' 2009, which has begun taping, but they have also asked us for approval for 2010 and 2011, indicating to us that they're finishing their negotiation with Cowell. We did grant approval for that quite obviously."

It is believed Simon, 49, will see his salary rise from €25.3m for the 2009 series, to €31.6m in 2010 and 2011.

Fellow judge Paula Abdul quit the show last week, after reportedly rowing with bosses over pay. A host of stars, including Victoria Beckham and Katy Perry, are making guest appearances until a permanent replacement for Paula is found.

Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi have both returned as judges for the new series, while host Ryan Seacrest recently secured a three-year deal.

Last month, it was claimed Simon was set to receive a staggering €116m-a-year deal to appear on 'American Idol' - making him the highest-paid TV star in history.

A source said at the time: "The word went out from on high to pay Simon what he needs. Without him, the show would be a shadow of itself. And without 'American Idol', we're in the dumper."

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