Jessica Sanchez, runner-up in season 11 of American Idol, is set to receive the lowest payout in the show’s history.
According to The AP, past second prize winners of the Fox singing competition show have received a guaranteed advance of at least $175,000 (£111,000), as well as a full album deal.
However show bosses have produced a new contract in which future runners-up, including Sanchez, will receive between $30,000 (£19,000) to $60,000 (£38,000) in advances for singles or EP records.
The deal also stipulates that winner Phillip Phillips will receive a $300,000 (£190,000) advance upon completion of his first studio album.
He stands to collect up to $800,000 (£510,000) if he is able to qualify for a six-album deal with production company 19 Recordings, who handle all Idol contestants.
Reps for 19 Recordings Inc. and American Idol have declined to comment on the new contracts.
Dwindling payouts, audiences.
Seems like idol is need of some major retooling.
Less money for the runner-up might give them the freedom to sign other promising singers from the Top 13. I don't know--that's a total guess.