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'Idol' Likely to Block Booted Contestant's Record Deal PopEater

Even though "American Idol" contestant Pia Toscano has reportedly signed a record deal with Interscope after being booted off the show, "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment is unlikely to allow her to release an album, reports AOL's PopEater in its Naughty but Nice blog.

"American Idol" has a strict contract that controls contestants for the entire show and live tour that follows, as well as for a period after that, the story says. That allows 19 Entertainment to have "first crack" at every artist.

The reason for the strict contract is to protect the "American Idol" brand, the story says.