'Idol' runner-up deal less sweet than before
(AP) – Jessica Sanchez stands to make a whole lot less than previous runners-up on “American Idol.” The Associated Press reviewed documents Sanchez signed earlier this year and found she isn’t guaranteed a shot at producing an album and could be paid as little as $30,000 in advances for recording singles.
Previous runners-up had been guaranteed advances of at least $175,000. Sanchez could instead be given a “development period” deal which pays less and means she’d release less music.
Winner Phillip Phillips will get a $300,000 advance upon completion of his first album. He’ll also make $200,000 for appearing in a Disney attraction, and Sanchez will make $50,000.