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‘American Idol’ preparing immediate launch for winner?

Credit: FOX

Credit: FOX

We’re less than a month away from the American Idol finale, with the final five girls vying for a spot at the Nokia to compete for a deal that will see them release an album at some point within the next year. Yet, if reports are to be believed, “within the next year” could be mere weeks after their victory.

Via: The Idol Pad

Since the finals began, the contestants have been secretly writing/co-writing and recording original songs in preparation for their album on a nearly daily basis (should they win or still receive a recording contract). Sometime near the end of the season, original songs will be performed by the then-remaining finalists. It is expected that the winner’s coronation single will be a song that she had a hand in writing. Unlike ever before, the winner’s debut album will be released soon after the finale, rather than many months later, to better capitalize on the potential of the television exposure and winning momentum. The winner will support their album by performing their own songs on the summer tour.

As a point of comparison, Phillip Phillips won last May and had his album released in November. This new deal could potentially cut that time into mere fractions. If the move works, this could change the way televised singing competitions support (and, let’s be honest, capitalize on) its winners and finalists from here on out. I love the idea, although I worry it could end up affecting future competitions by dividing a contestant’s attention between learning a song or two for that week’s show, and learning/writing a song for their potential album. But I feel it’s a fair enough trade, since American Idol contestants have always been pretty strapped for time anyway, between personal appearances, rehearsals, interviews and more. It’s to the point where being a contestant on one of these things is a full-time job, in and of itself. Let’s hope the pay raises to match the work.

What do you think of this development? Sound off in the comments!

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IdleTime
IdleTime

They have to do this these days with all of the major singing competitions competing for attention.  5 to 6 months wait is too long.  Audience will forget you and move on to the next singing contestant from another show.  They could test the original songs during the competition when the contestants are singing two songs a week.  During these weeks they could do one cover, one new.  By the end of the finale, they would have 5 original songs worked out.  The coronation song (which doesn't have to be some syrupy number, but fresh and current) is the launching single for the imminent album.

The downside to this is that the album won't be as good and carefully crafted had they have more time.  But let's face it, none of the Idol first album is carefully crafted.  At least this way, they likely will sell more copies in their initial album, which will boost their chances for the 2nd album, which will be more representative of who they are.

Trey_
Trey_

I like this idea a lot. 

realGary
realGary

The talking points from your article reveal the producers realization that the music loving public want these artists to produce immediately. Isn't ironic that these producers have finally (after 12 seasons) been motivated to meet their audience needs?

simonw
simonw

Do you honestly think that there will still be "future competitions"? I'd say maybe at least one more.

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

@simonw I think they'll keep it around until it loses more money than it could potentially make. It still drives high prices for advertisers despite its increasingly low ratings (I'm not even sure why that is. While the money it's making is considerably less, and getting even smaller every day, it still rakes in ad dollars better than just about anything else FOX has). 


I could imagine FOX going the Australian Idol route, where they basically run a skeletal version of the show. Smaller sets, fewer episodes, less expensive judges, etc. I'm just convinced they're going to ride this horse right to the glue factory. 

djfabian
djfabian

@NickRoman1 @simonw keep in mind its still one of tvs top rated shows......its still one of the few shows that getrs 18-49 numbers over 3 and its still foxes top rated show......oh and its still the only show that produces chart successes .......The Voice cant even get a bargain bin cd out of its 3 seasons..............Im sure the show ill live to see another day :)  

Pisto75666
Pisto75666

@djfabian @NickRoman1 @simonw When was the last time an AI winner won an sort of award (that wasn't named Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson?). I like both shows for different reasons but come on, let's not delude ourselves.