The 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: