Katy Perry is Getting $25 Million to be on Idol!

Katy Perry isn't a cheap date -- as she proved by squeezing $25 million out of producers for her role as American Idol judge.

According to TMZ, Katy played hard to get before signing on the dotted line -- just like she did back in 2012, when she turned down a mere $20 million to appear on the FOX version of the now-revived show. A source says, "Katy had all the leverage. If ABC ended up announcing the show without a judge, they'd be screwed."

Katy Kat's fee is a record for Idol: Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Seacrest each earned a cool $15 mil a season on the original version.

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