Former American Idol winners Scotty McCreery and Kelly Clarkson have been vocal about their picks as new judges. Kelly likes Carrie Underwood for the job, and Scotty thinks Garth Brooks would be a good choice.

The latest name being tossed in to the ring as an American Idol judge is Brad Paisley. Mariah Carey has been confirmed, signing on for around $18 million, so will be Brad be next, and would he get near as much dough as Mariah? My guess is no to both questions, but you never know. Brad is funny and successful, so he would do a great job as a judge, but would he want to do it?

Only time will tell. Needless to say, the show is forking out big bucks, so whoever is chosen will get a nice second salary.