Because Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina are both minors, a court in California had to approve the contracts. They also are made public, according to the Associated Press.
So we learned that Scotty is guaranteed $250,000 with an album. Lauren gets a guaranteed $87,500 and another $87,500 for an album. “Idol”-affiliated labels have picked up the winner and runner up every single year and I don’t expect that to change this year.
Interestingly enough, Jordin Sparks four years ago (also a minor) received MORE money than Scotty: $360,000 for winning and a first album. Scotty and Lauren both get merchandise deals that should net them more cash, too. Scotty gets at least $50,000 and Alaina, $40,000. Past winners have gotten at least $100,000.
David Archuleta was paid out $310,000 season eight.
So, if anything, “Idol” has gotten cheaper. But the problem is albums are not selling as much as they used to so you can see why “Idol” has gotten stingier on that front.