‘American Idol’ Runner-Up Role Isn’t as Lucrative as It Used to Be

May 30, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The "American Idol" runner-up role doesn’t bring as much reward as it used to, with Jessica Sanchez reportedly the first No. 2 who won’t be getting an album deal with a guaranteed advance, reports the Associated Press.

Sanchez has the chance to record an album, but might earn as little as $30,000 in advances for recording singles, according to the contract she and other contestants signed, the story says.

It appears to mark the first time an "Idol" runner-up hasn’t been offered an album deal with a guaranteed advance of at least $175,000, the piece adds.

"If Sanchez is given an album deal following the show, she will receive the same $175,000 bonus that Lauren Alaina was paid after placing second in the show’s 10th season. But 19 Recordings Inc., which has the option to handle the albums and recordings of Idol contestants for several years after they appear on the show, has replaced a guaranteed album deal for the runner-up with a staggered ‘Development Period’ that requires less music and pays out less in advances," the story notes.

"Sanchez could be paid as little as $30,000 if she is asked to perform four single songs, or $60,000 if she records an EP of between four and 10 songs," according to the article.

Representatives for 19 Recordings and "American Idol" producer FremantleMedia declined to comment.

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