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'Idol' Finalists Get Record Contracts

6/5/2006 12:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Taylor Hicks may have won 'American Idol' but he isn't the only finalist to get a record contract.

A source tells TMZ that RCA Music Group, which is home to all the past 'Idol' winners, will sign Katharine McPhee and is close to signing a solo deal with Chris Daughtry. Ace Young is also said to be in talks with the label.

TMZ contacted a rep for RCA who said they had no information on Chris or Ace. As far as Katharine, while there is no official announcement yet, all signs seem to point that she will soon be joining the label's roster.

Elliott Yamin has yet to land a record deal, but TMZ has learned Hollywood powerhouse management company The Firm flew the crooner to Vegas last weekend and hooked him up with tickets to back-to-back concerts by Madonna and Prince.

While this is all good news for the finalists, history shows good record sales are not guaranteed. After winning 'Idol' in 2002, Kelly Clarkson sold over 7 million CDs and won two Grammys while her first season runner-up, Justin Guarini, went on to sell less than 150,000 copies of his debut CD before being dropped by RCA.
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Elena    

Did RCA sign Chris Daughtry? Yes or no, and if so, when did they sign him? Rumors say they did, but nothing appears to be confirmed. I am looking forward to buying Chris Daughtry's singles and albums and want to know when they are coming out.

Thank you.

2961 days ago
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Elena    

Did RCA sign Chris Daughtry? Yes or no? If so, when? There are a lot of rumors that they did, but no confirmation. When is his single coming out? I am looking forward to buying his singles and his albums.

Thank you.

2961 days ago
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kat    

Eliot is effin disgusting. He's got the looks (or lack thereof) to scare people away from his cd cover. And I find his voice pretty annoying. He can barely hold a note. His voice is too quivery. Ewww. Ace would only get a deal because of his looks since his singing is pretty crappy. Chris and Katharine, however, are both good-looking and both of them can sing so RCA did good there.

2957 days ago
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Trish    

I know RCA just signed Jodie Rivera. Her single is coming out next month. But Katharine's comes out tomorrow and yet she doesn't have an official website yet, and Jodie does. www.jodierivera.com

2954 days ago
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Trish    

I know RCA just signed Jodie Rivera. Her single is coming out next month. But Katharine's comes out tomorrow and yet she doesn't have an official website yet, and Jodie does. http://www.jodierivera.com

2954 days ago
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Trish    

I know RCA just signed Jodie Rivera. Her single is coming out next month. But Katharine's comes out tomorrow and yet she doesn't have an official website yet, and Jodie does. www.jodierivera.com

2954 days ago
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Trish    

I know RCA just signed Jodie Rivera. Her single is coming out next month. But Katharine's comes out tomorrow and yet she doesn't have an official website yet, and Jodie does. www.jodierivera.com

2954 days ago
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slg    

Elliott sounds like a goat to me when he sings. Too much boring vibrato.

2954 days ago
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soulsueann    

Chris who? *putting both hands over ears* Elliott Yamin has a voice that is unique! It's time for something different in the music world of today! Too many Rockers and Head Bangers!!! Enough! That is why Taylor Hicks will make such an impact in the music industry! He is unique! He is the Soulman! Soul On, Taylor! You make us Proud!

Soul Patrol!!!!!!!!

2951 days ago
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Taratova    

Elliott Yamin is the best vocalist ever to grace my ears. His style with intricate vocals, complex arrangements are genius and then Elliott tops that all off with the most amazing warm soulful voice ever. His vibrato is smooth , each note a joy to hear. His arrangements take the listener on a journey with twists and turns which keep them coming back for more.
I am one of many who experience the fact that Elliott's voice is so haunting and unforgettable you have to listen to him sing again and again. Yes, and he will pick up many fans as they hear his amazing voice.

2921 days ago

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