American Idol

Jessica Sanchez could be paid as little as $30K for an album, if any – Report

Runner-up contract disaster!

The AP reports that the American Idol Season 11 contracts have been altered drastically this year, and one of the most glaring is how the show treats the runner-up with regards to future albums.

Jessica Sanchez could earn as little as $30,000 if she ever gets to record one.

Season 12 is looking so bleak now, I want to cry. Damn you Nigel!

The report:

Via Yahoo:

Wednesday night’s runner-up, 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez, doesn’t have a definite shot at producing an album and could be paid as little as $30,000 in advances for recording singles, according to the “Idol” contract she and other Season 11 contestants signed earlier this year.

The agreement appears to be the first time in “Idol’s” history that producers are not offering the show’s runner-up an album deal that in previous years came with a guaranteed advance of at least $175,000, an Associated Press review of the Fox show’s contracts reveals.

The reduced royalty advance covers the period immediately following the show. In addition to recording new music, the series’ winners and finalists are obligated to perform in a concert tour and lend their likeness to a Walt Disney World Resort attraction in Florida.

If Sanchez is given an album deal following the show, she will receive the same $175,000 bonus that Lauren Alaina was paid after placing second in the show’s 10th season. But 19 Recordings Inc., which has the option to handle the albums and recordings of Idol contestants for several years after they appear on the show, has replaced a guaranteed album deal for the runner-up with a staggered “Development Period” that requires less music and pays out less in advances.

Sanchez could be paid as little as $30,000 if she is asked to perform four single songs, or $60,000 if she records an “EP” of between four and 10 songs.

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18 comments
Jacky van der Waals
Jacky van der Waals

i ould settle for that amount it would take years for me to earn that much and i worh hard

takakupo
takakupo

This is an insult. Fox has the biggest money maker in the history of television and it pays its contestants crap. How are they supposed to attract the best talent in the country if they're going to give everyone but the winner a load of monkey shit? Does the winner even get a million anymore? So sad. 

annalondon
annalondon

Nigel has always been shifty to me. I presume Joshua will have the same deal as well, shame.  I do hope that they rise above these demeaning contracts and become the superstars they deserve to be.

Josza Leah Röxy
Josza Leah Röxy

Dude you better get your facts straight, or it will be hell for you and your peeps,0h wait you d0n't have any..now i wonder why your interns left. Really? This is like, adding Salt to the wound.

Matthew Kitson
Matthew Kitson

she already has a page on interscope records I heard

Theresa Aberham
Theresa Aberham

I have and always will believe the only person who she get anything out of the show directing from Idol people is the winner! That's totally defeating the purpose of having a winner....

ZarkeMulgore
ZarkeMulgore

The contestants signed the contract all of them. For the teens, their parents signed it. So, I would think the contract is better than that. But I read somewhere that Tommy Mottola is in already in producing Jessica's album? hmmm just might be rumors then....

krxxxa
krxxxa

this aint true! other record companies are eager to sign her

HaiHi188
HaiHi188

More reasons to have the rating plunged! Stingy ass Nigel...

XL
XL

Way to treat your contestants, Idol. Geez.

Joystickenvy
Joystickenvy

 @takakupo I guess I can see it both ways.  With the sales of both the winners and runner ups being not exactly impressive the past few years, Scotty's platinum debut being the exception, I can see them not wanting to get locked into huge contracts.  I imagine the contestants are willing to risk signing a contract for maybe less than they could get, if they managed to get someone to sign them on their own, but that's a big if and the Idol platform itself sets them up to have at least a shot of signing their own deal down the road.

thelimoboy
thelimoboy

 @ZarkeMulgore It's not unreasonable to think that the contestants and/or their parents signed the contracts. Although they aren't as impressive as past years or as generous as Idol can be, they aren't terrible. To many contestants, I think decent money and exposure is better than none at all.

gordillo
gordillo

 @ZarkeMulgore i dont think its rumor.. it was confirmed by tommy mottolas wife THALIA on her twitter..

CathyPierce
CathyPierce

 @krxxxa Yeah, they are sooo eager, because previous contestants has shown how good they are when Idol is over. get your head out of your pie hole sis. She will be gone and dusted after a few months.