After being burned some over the past few years with contestants who fail to post much in the wait of record sales, it now appears that “American Idol” taking some more precautions to go along with lower ratings and a model that does not always produce success.
According to the Associated Press, Jessica Sanchez may seemingly be the first runner-up in the history of the hit Fox show to not be guaranteed a record deal for finishing so far in the show. Rather than the $175,000 advance that Lauren Alaina received last year to record “Wildflower,” Jessica could be paid as little as $30,000 to record a number of singles and nothing more. It’s a small prize considering that “Idol” was the highest-rated non-sports show of the year, and that people who go far on other reality shows are guaranteed far more.
So is there any particular reason to worry for Jessica? Don’t count on it. These rules (which we only know about thanks to contract involving minors being released to the public) were put in place in the event that a runner-up was someone who only got there due to excessive power-voting and not so much talent, but Jimmy Iovine has already made great overtures about the sort of album that he would like to see Jessica make. In other news, she’s going to get paid to record more than just a few songs. (Note: Not every season has records available to the public, so this data is based on those compiled from other seasons that are available.)
Are you surprised that the minimum amount for a runner-up on this show is so low?