Simon Cowell asks for $45 mil salary

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

(WFLX) - The first auditions for the 9th season of American Idol are still two weeks away, but the judges are already going head to head over money.

Negotiations on Simon Cowell's contract are expected to wrap up this week with the judge looking to up his salary from about $36 million to $45 million a year.

Paula Abdul, also seeking a pay raise, but she has yet to sign a contract.

Talks coming on the heels of host Ryan Seacrest's new contract which pays him $30 million over three years.