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The Baltimore Sun

"Idol" stars

"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul, left is making $4 million a year and is seeking $12 million, sources say. Host Ryan Seacrest has made a three-year deal, while judge Simon Cowell, who some see as essential for the show to remain a success, is in talks. He could use his leverage to try to get "X Factor," which he hosts overseas, on Fox.Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times, left; Steve Shaw / 42West; Dan Steinberg / Associated Press