Wannabes looking for a place on NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" should get an eyeball on the show’s "grueling" 45-page contestant agreement, which says producers can trick, exploit and embarrass the show’s participants, reports the New York Post.
"I further understand that my appearance, depiction and portrayal in the program may be disparaging, defamatory, embarrassing … and may expose me to public ridicule, humiliation or condemnation,” the agreement says.
The show, which is in its eighth season, is holding auditions this week in New York, with judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B. on board.
Contestants are required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and enter into binding management, recording and endorsement deals, which hinders their ability to seek more lucrative deals with other outlets, the story says.
Other tidbits in the agreement are that hidden cameras might be used to film contestants in places such as bathrooms and dressing rooms, and participants will have to pay a $5 million penalty if they provide false information.
However, the stipulations aren’t unusual for reality TV, the piece adds. The report notes: "Producers of ‘The Voice’ and ‘X Factor’ also have ‘talent holds’ and options for management and record deals on their contestants that can last for up to one year."
The piece adds: “The show allows singers, dancers and variety acts of any age a chance to win $1 million. That prize, according to the fine print, is paid as an annuity over 40 years — leaving the winner with $25,000 annually before taxes.”