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‘Idol’ contract details mean Kris Allen earned at least $650K last year; Perez Hilton campaigns for Simon Cowell’s spot

kris-allenThe New York Times was able to peruse the contracts for the “Idol” contestants last year, the first glimpse we’ve seen since the first year or two.

Clearly, 19 Entertainment is far more generous than it used to be. How did they get the contracts? California laws require state approval of entertainment contract for minors so the law applied to Allison Iraheta (top 4) and Jasmine Murray (top 13).

Based on the contracts, winner Kris Allen made at least $650,000 and that didn’t count “Idol” tour money and merchandising deals. Allen made $200,000 from Disney for  saying “I’m going to Disney World” after winning and spending a day filming scripted dialogue for the “Idol” attraction and taping a performance for them. He also gets a generous $350,000 advance for his new album, plus a $100,000 advance from merchandising over three years.

-Ratings last night: 24 million total viewers and 18-49 rating/share of 8.9/22. It did better than the Olympics by about 13 percent. Tonight will be more of a challenge since it’s women’s figure skating. Ditto with tomorrow night. “Idol” numbers were comparable to that of a year ago during the same week.

- When Simon Cowell last Thursday gave Perez Hilton a thumbs up as a possible host replacement, he actually sounded sincere. I died a little inside.

Naturally, Hilton decided to do a video:

Perez For Idol from Perez Hilton

65 comments Add your comment

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
11:21 am

Interesting, Rodney. Would love to know how Adam Lambert fared financially — being the “true” winner defeated by homophobic sectarianism. (She said meekly.)

kelly&carriefan

February 24th, 2010
11:32 am

Not too shabby for Kris. Rodney, how does this compare to previous? Like, I believe Kelly’s (original) contract was for a year? And then they moved it ip to 5, I thought, but I read that last season’s were for 3 years.

PS. I’m liking the “coding” intro. Brings back not so fond memories of college.

JTesla

February 24th, 2010
11:34 am

LOL… oh Rosita, I’ll save that one for someone else, but we had a lot of fun with the whole Kris vs. Adam thing last year.

So Kris what’s his face is making money, good for him. On top of that amount how much is he making from all those Ford commercials? His face is everywhere, too bad his music isn’t.

I’d take Howard Stern over Perez. I’d take Elton John or for that matter ANYONE who has been named as a possible Simon replacement over Perez. If Perez is picked then the day that move is official will be the day that Idol is dead to me.

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
11:36 am

Perez is insufferable in the strictest sense of the word. Stern is just distasteful. Either would be a disaster, IMO, JT.

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
11:44 am

JTesla, I was here for all the to-do last year, just not posting about it. So hit me with your best shot…….I can take it! :-)

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
11:46 am

Harriett, I so agree w/you. Sans Paula, sans Simon, and now having to put up with PH(ew) and/or Howard the Duck?????

Mike S

February 24th, 2010
11:47 am

Perez Hilton or Howard Stern would mean no more Idol for me. I am not going to give either cretin a single ounce of respect or ratings.

If Idol is that stupid the show should just be cancelled on the spot.

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
11:49 am

Talk of PH and HS are making me sick, and now I have to go to lunch!

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
11:51 am

LOL!!! Rodney really seems to be having some trouble posting videos.

Perez Hilton, imo, is one of the lowest forms of humanity! He’s a walking talking ego!

Good for Kris! I’m sure Adam is doing well, too! After all, didn’t he win? What? Kris won? Oh.

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
11:53 am

You totally rock, Deirdre!
BTW, here’s the nosh menu for tonight’s show (besides beefcake):
Bruschetta with white beans and garlic, tapenade and goat cheese, Perugina Baci and a bottle of Prosecco (the Italian version of champagne and a lot less pricey).

JTesla

February 24th, 2010
11:59 am

Rosita, nah. I will say that I’m disappointed that you would play the homophobia card. I’ve come to except more from you.

We do need to get off the Perez topic, the more it is discussed in blogs the more it feeds “The Ego.”

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
12:05 pm

I except your judgment, JTesla!

JTesla

February 24th, 2010
12:09 pm

LOL expect even. I don’t buy the “was here… last year, just not posting…” bit. Not for one minute. ;)

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
12:26 pm

WHA?????????????
Ax me sumthin, go ahead. I go way back, even to the onion dip recipes (remember, Linny?)

JTesla

February 24th, 2010
12:31 pm

Rosita, I am picking up on a lot of tension between you and I. Perhaps it is just sexual tension, but with the distance between us, it will just have to remain unquenched.

So what do you think of Perez?

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
12:35 pm

Tension? What tension? I like your wit, that’s all. I’m not even going to mention that I have green eyes.

P-U to PH

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
12:36 pm

BTW, it would be “between you and me,” if it were so. Which it isn’t.

JTesla

February 24th, 2010
12:41 pm

A green eyes comment… I’m impressed! Rosita actually read my ‘far to long post’ from last night. She’s my new favorite. Well she would be if I didn’t love you all equally.

Rodney needs to use your “P-U to PH” for a blog headline.

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
12:52 pm

Well, thanks, Tes. And while we’re complimenting, extra points for the toilet lid.

Mike S

February 24th, 2010
12:56 pm

I agree RH should use that for a Blog headline, but only if he changes the P to an F.

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
1:03 pm

ha ha Mike S! Good one!

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2010
1:03 pm

Plus for Rosita – she’s pro-Adam, and she likes Prosecco, which, imho, tastes better than Champagne. AND she knows her grammar.

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
1:12 pm

Rosita…were you around during what we like to refer to as The Great Divide?

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
1:14 pm

I just watched Lost. It brought tears to my eyes. Not because of anything that happened during the episode but because it’s so freaking good that I’m almost awestruck by it.

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
1:24 pm

Dierdre, me, too, meaning Lost. It just keeps getting better.

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
1:25 pm

Rodney: Whatever you do… PLEASE, in the name of all that’s holy…. DO NOT repair that embed link!!!

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
1:25 pm

When…when? When will Adam Lambert learn to keep some thoughts to himself?

He tells Britain’s Gay Times, “If only it weren’t for Susan Boyle! I’m happy for her success, but that album is terrible. Wild Horses is the one that made me laugh the hardest. I just died when I heard it, I was crying with laughter. It was the most horrendous, sacrilegious treatment of that song!

“Still, when my album charted, it was validating. I was feeling bit attacked, like I had to vindicate something. I thought: ‘Wow, look what I did.’”

I mean, come on Adam…not ALL publicity is good!

JTesla

February 24th, 2010
1:39 pm

I’m no fan of Susan Boyle, as I remind you all every time her name comes up, but that could have been handled so much better by Adam. In fact, it comes off really bad.

The success of Adam is now in his hands, and so far he has been fumbling it. That disappoints me because I really love rubbing his fame in the face of Kris Allen fans.

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
1:42 pm

In answer to the title of “Whatya want from me?” by ‘the guy that finished second to Kris Allen’ – here’s my answer:

“Shut up.Go away. Return to the pre-Idol oblivion from which you oozed.”

If I’m not being too subtle. (Eugene Levy in ‘Bringing Down the House.”)

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
1:45 pm

Adam continues to be his own worst enemy.

kelly&carriefan

February 24th, 2010
1:45 pm

LOL, D…The Great Divide! Well, no that that was a fun time ’round these parts. Anyway!

Dear Adam, please STFU! I mean, honey, you ain’t shootin’ the breeze at the bar. ;)

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
1:53 pm

K&CF.. I bet ‘The guy who finished second to Kris Allen’ has done lots of things in a bar. But shootin’ the breeze probably wasn’t one of them.

Mike S

February 24th, 2010
1:54 pm

I am sure Adam’s comments had nothing to do with Susan Boyles album sales literally obliterating his.

Susan – a record breaking 700,000 the first week
Adam – 225,000 the first week.

Mike S

February 24th, 2010
1:55 pm

Rickster surely you aren’t insinuating that he might have more blowing talent than Siobahn?????

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
1:56 pm

If ‘The guy who finished second to Kris Allen’ wants to complain about sacreligous treatment of a song… he needs only remember his version of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.”

That was probably my favorite Simon response to any singer: “What the H#LL was that?” :-)

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
1:57 pm

I would never insinuate such a thing, Mike. You may, however, infer such a thing. :-)

ugaaccountant

February 24th, 2010
1:59 pm

MikeS – Wow, was that not some inapropriate insinuation by the Judges last night about Siobahn’s apprenticeship.

And since when can Kara say Witch on prime time tv?

ugaaccountant

February 24th, 2010
2:00 pm

Love him or hate him, I was never bored by Adam’s songs.

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
2:05 pm

True UGAaccountant. I may never have been bored. But repulsed and nauseated certainly happened several times!

JTesla

February 24th, 2010
2:07 pm

And since when can Kara wear something that exposes anything from the neck to the ankles on prime time TV? ;)

Adam Lambert.

Hey, how are the sales figures looking for Adam vs. Kris? Haven’t heard anything on that lately.

Ahh Siobahn. That’s my girl. The more I think about last night the more I want to experience her skills.

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2010
2:08 pm

Problem is with wordpress, I usually post in “Visual” mode but if I want to embed video, I need to imput the code into HTML mode. I sometimes forget to stick the code in HTML mode. If I do it in video, it comes out in, well, code!

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
2:10 pm

Oh, many of us love Adam, me for one. But, I wish to H e double L he’d quit with the shooting himself in the foot with his inappropriate comments/behaviors.

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
2:10 pm

Whatever the explanation, Rodney. PLEASE DO NOT fix that link! :-)

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
2:12 pm

Awwww #$%*! Rodney fixed the link.

I’m going back to the Carrie Underwood thread from the other day.

See you guys tomorrow! :-D

Mike S

February 24th, 2010
3:06 pm

Ugaacct – yeah the whole siobahn conversation was ackward to say the least. You could probably say the judges Blew that one.

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
4:14 pm

Where’d everybody go? Ah…resting up for the fast-talking, fast-typing evening ahead!

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
4:15 pm

Hey, all-a y’all, YES I was around during the Great Divide, altho there must have been parts I missed b/c I never quite understood it.

I know I’m with my own kind now! Adam, Prosecco, grammar AND Lost!

Thanks JTesla for reminding Rodney of my question. You don’t miss much, for a farmer. . . LMAO

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
4:17 pm

And I also fault him for his uncharacteristically ungenerous comment about Susan — even tho her talent isn’t even in the same hemisphere as his. It’s called noblesse oblige, Adam.

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
4:21 pm

That’s ok. Rosita, most of us who survived it aren’t sure what happened either. ;-)

Adam needs to realize that all his opinions are not necessarily welcome. At least, he needs to be aware that the tabloids follow the gay media, too!

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2010
4:37 pm

Adam, Adam, Adam… ever since he won/lost Idol he’s gone out of his way to make stupid mistakes. If he lives long enough, one day HE will be 48 and have a double chin and extra padding around his waist. Signed (sigh), a former size 2.

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
4:40 pm

All you other “Lost” lovers, btw: No Sawyer pittypatters in tonight’s Idol lineup, eh? I’m not even going to wear my good mascara.

JTesla

February 24th, 2010
4:40 pm

Rosita, I’m not much of a farmer I’ve let my fields go fallow. What I loved about the Adam vs. Kris debate last year is that I was able to play spoiler. I’d try to tilt this boat towards whatever side was the underdog. However, I fear that I might be running out of ammunition for Adam if he doesn’t change course.

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
4:42 pm

LOL, Mercedes S.! Have you ever read “I Feel Bad About My Neck”?

David

February 24th, 2010
4:47 pm

If Perez Hilton becomes a judge on American Idol I am done with the show. He is a giant poop after how he acted when he was a judge at the beauty contest.

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
4:50 pm

Patti LaBelle feeling a little sour grapes toward American idol:

http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=459910&gt1=28102

David

February 24th, 2010
4:58 pm

ummm, I didn’t realize allot of other Idol fans feel the same way about Hilton.

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
5:00 pm

JTesla, you underestimate me. I quite remember your Adam-Kris posts and that is why I told you when I first started posting here that you were my favorite poster. You still are but many others are inching up.

However, let me say I do admire the stands you take very much (most of the time)and I think you snark really well. You don’t really mind being snarked back, now, do you?

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
5:01 pm

‘Night everyone. Hope no one dings a digit or cracks a carpal trying to type fast tonight.

It’ll be interesting to see if the guys “step it up” or “blow it out ‘da box” tonight compared with the ladies from last night.

Dope! >’

(That’s my attempt at flashing a sideways ‘V’ like my ‘dawg Randy Jackson)

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
5:01 pm

JTesla

February 24th, 2010
5:11 pm

Rosita, others inching up? I will crush them!! I can handle a little snark.

Patti LaBelle, tell me why she is relevant again?

Dope > (I like it.)

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
5:15 pm

Rickster (if you’re not gone yet), we might not agree on Adam Lambert, but we do have common ground — I’m a big fan of Gene Levy and that guy that’s married to Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris somebody. Especially Best in Show.
OK I’m talking too much, sorry. Outta here for now.

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2010
5:25 pm

Yes, Rosita, I read and loved Nora E.’s Neck-book !

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2010
5:28 pm

Rosita, you’re thinking of Christopher Guest, aka Lord Haden-Guest. Yes, Jamie Lee is a real live Lady!

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
5:41 pm

JTesla

February 24th, 2010
5:50 pm

I’m really dreading tonights show. I have a feeling that some of the guys are simply there to provide some fodder. The last few years I’ve argued against the fodder idea, but looking at the guys this year… fodder. Folks, it might actually be worse than last nights show. Let’s hope the judges stay on top of things.