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How Much Do American Idol Contestants Make?

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Despite the fact that American Idol is the hottest thing on television every season, there certainly is some question about just how ‘big’ a winner will become. The first year after your win is crucial… and can sometimes end up being the most lucrative.

Not long ago The NY Times  did an interesting article that gives the skinny on American Idol, and just how lucrative (or not) it can be. It begins with a swipe at former winner Taylor Hicks, saying that the current contestants are probably not dreaming of playing Teen Angel on a touring production of ‘Grease’ in Milwaukee three years from now. (That’s what Taylor Hicks was doing at the time, which isn’t exactly shameful, but probably not the summit a music hopeful aspires to.) personal note: I met Taylor Hicks once while working on an interview with him, and he referred to himself as ‘The Soul Patrol’ more than once, which I understand they called him on the series, but I kept thinking how weird that he was still clinging to that expression years later. It’s like saying you used to play football, but that was in high school, and now you’re forty years old.

But I digress… here’s some of the fun numbers:

Kris Allen, last year’s winner, has earned at least $650,000 from “American Idol,” according to contracts that last season’s contestants signed with the show’s producers during the competition.

That amount reflects the minimum a winner would earn. Including performance fees and merchandising royalties from the “American Idol” tour, as well as other opportunities, winners have never failed to earn less than $1 million in the year or so after the contest, people close to the show say.

It goes on later to say:

Mr. Allen, last year’s winner, earned an advance of $350,000 for his first album, exclusive of recording costs, half of it paid soon after the competition ended and half when he finished recording. His self-titled first album sold 80,000 copies in its first week of release last fall — disappointing for an “Idol” winner — and 260,000 in its first three months, according to Mr. Allen’s Web site, krisallenofficial.com.

An Idol winner’s riches extend beyond the recording contract. Last year the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida opened “The American Idol Experience,” an interactive attraction.

To promote it, Disney paid Mr. Allen $100,000 to turn to a camera and shout, “I’m going to Disney World” after winning the competition and to visit the park, according to the contracts. He stood to earn another $100,000 for spending a day filming scripted dialogue segments for use in the attraction and for taping a vocal performance for the Walt Disney World Christmas Parade television show.

It remains to be seen what will become of Kris Allen after a few years. For every huge success (Carrie Underwood, and Kelly Clarkson to some extent) there is a Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks. Still, it seems you don’t have to ‘win’ to win. Case in point: Chris Daughtry who are doing just fine without the crown, thank you very much. (And Jennifer Hudson, the most obvious winner in this saga.)

Update: Recently there has been increased interest in how much money the 10 contestants who qualify  for the summer American Idol tour will make.

A USA TODAY article from 2007 did not mention specifics, but provided some insight:

That accomplishment, which gets far less attention than making the top 24 or final 12, carries greater benefits: the chance to perform before arena audiences, develop fan bases and earn a six-figure payday.

Recently, TMZ obtained a copy of the contestants’ contract… and here’s how it breaks down:

The winner gets $175,000 when he/she starts recording and another $175,000 when that person produces the first album.

Second album: Between $275,000 and $550,000.
Third album: $325,000 and 650,000.
Fourth album: $375,000 – $750,000.
Fifth album: $450,000 – $900,000.
Sixth album: $500,000 – $1 million.

The second place finisher gets $150,000 when he/she starts recording their first album and another $150,000 upon delivery. The second album gets the runner-up between $225,000 and $450,000.

If the label signs the  third through 12th place contestants, they each get $100,000 when they start recording  their first album and another $100,000 upon delivery.

Additional information obtained via TMZ and POPEATER.

So there you have it… six figures. Not too shabby for people who until the show were complete unknowns. (And some still in high school!)

Going back to Jennifer Hudson – the truest reminder that  NOT winning isn’t a death sentence! The season three contestsant  was prematurely ousted –  but perservered,  beating out   more than 700 actresses for the role of Effie in Dreamgirls, winning an Oscar, and eventually  launched herself into a full fledged film star – and multimillionaire.  Now, as the new, skinny celeb spokesperson for Jenny Craig, she is even more  gorgeous… and even more rich.

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Amber Riley Performs Beautiful Tribute To Naya Rivera On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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RIP.

Whenever Amber Riley and Naya Rivera combined their insurmountable talents on the hit show Glee there was an almost tangible magic that left fans in awe of the powerhouse duo. Playing Mercedes Jones and Santana Lopez respectively, the two characters may not have always seen eye to eye but when they joined you knew you were in for a memorable performance. It is sad to think that we will never get another “River Deep, Mountain High” or “The Boy Is Mine” moment after Rivera’s passing last month but there is something special in knowing Riley will carry the torch for her fallen costar forever.

On Thursday night introduced by guest-host Lil Rel, Riley virtually appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  to perform a new song from her EP entitled “A Moment” which was dedicated to Rivera. “Not too long ago we both lost a really amazing friend in a tragic accident and we both will miss her forever,” said Lil Rel. The performance is displayed in black and white and features Riley singing in front of a montage of photos of her former co-star. It is truly stunning.

Check out the tribute below.

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You Will Have Hearts In Your Eyes When You See Cardi B’s New Hair Do

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Wait till you see her WAP (Wonderfully Artistic Pigtails)

Cardi B has never shied away from a bold look and her latest hair do is proof of that.

The 27-year-old “WAP” singer…song of the year IMO…took to Instagram Tuesday night to show off her pink, heart-shaped pigtails and people are loving the look. In the short video Cardi asks fans if they would “go to the club with your hair like this” and I think we can all agree that this look would definitely turn heads at the clurb.

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The artistic hair do was crafted by Cardi’s long time longtime stylist Tokyo Stylez and took at least three hours to complete. Fans commented about how beautiful the unique hairstyle is but questioned how the rapper was going to sleep that night. Let’s hope those pigtails can be twisted off and be thrown on the nightstand.

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Check It Out, Joe Jonas Has Shocked His Fans With His New Look

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I’m a sucker for his new do.

It doesn’t matter if you are more of a “Nick” or a “Kevin” or a “Joe” when it comes to loving the Jonas Brothers. All that matters is that you all agree with me that Joe is obviously the most attractive of the three brothers and that’s just a fact. I’m sorry but I don’t make the rules.

The 31-year old stunned fans today earlier today when he debuted a shocking new look on his Instagram. Sporting a black t-shirt and those signature dark, furry-Murray eyebrows, Joe flashed his new platinum blond buzzcut. I know I might be in the minority here but I do love when these Hollywood hotties switch it up and do the blond thing. I loved it on Adam Levine. I loved it on Zac Efron. I even found myself oddly drawn to the OG platinum stud, James Michael Tyler aka Gunther from Friends.

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Perhaps the new do is a part of Joe’s daddy-makeover as he and his wife, Sophie Turner, recently welcomed their first child, Willa. A source told ET “Sophie and Joe have named their daughter Willa. The couple’s bond has gotten even stronger since the addition of their daughter. Although circumstances are different right now because of the [coronavirus] pandemic, Joe was there for the birth of his daughter. The couple is happy they now have time to spend at home with their daughter and get used to their new life together.”

Be still my heart.

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