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'Idol' Contestants

No Shtupping the Judges

5/13/2010 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ obtained a copy of the contract every "American Idol" contestant must sign before going on the show -- and one thing is perfectly clear .... Ryan, Randy, Ellen, Kara, Simon, Theodore and Alvin are not available for their pleasure.

'Idol' Contestants
According to the legal doc -- a copy of which was filed in court because a contestant was a minor -- the contestants promise the following:  "Neither I nor any members of my family or my friends will enter into any personal, social, business, and or financial relationships with any of the judges, host(s), guest stars ..."  The prohibition runs for the duration of the show and 6 months thereafter.

But the way we see it ... there's no way the contract can bind family or friends.  Nonetheless, it's a good threat, because according to the doc, a contestant will be disqualified for violating the rule and forfeit any prize money.

And in the money department ... here's the way it breaks down.

The winner gets $175,000 when he/she starts recording ... and another $175,000 when that person  "delivers" the first album. If the winner gets a second album, he/she gets anywhere between $275,000 and $550,000 depending on the success of the album.  As for a third album -- anywhere between $325,000 and 650,000.  As for a forth -- anywhere between $375,000 - $750,000.  As for a fifth -- $450,000 - $900,000.  And a six album gets the winner between $500,000 and a cool $1 mil.

The second place finisher gets $150,000 when he/she starts recording their first album ... and another $150,000 upon delivery. The second album gets the runner-up between $225,000 and $450,000 and so on.

As for 3rd through 12th place -- if the label signs them -- they each get $100,000 when he/she begins recording album #1 and another $100,000 upon delivery ... though most of them end up playing hot air balloon festivals.

And get this ... according to the contract, "A.I." isn't required to pay incidental expenses during the show.  Contestants even have to pay for their own transportation when they're not traveling to and from the show.



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1.

Nik    

Why is the word sex in the link to this story?

1538 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

so in other words the winner really doesnt get crap.seeing the second place person gets 25k less and the 3-12 if signed only get 75k less.so all in all at the end of the day the record company and fox win out on it.this show isnt worth it.

1538 days ago
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a poster    

Last I heard Paula was the one who initiated the stupping and using a contestant for her pleasure. That clause in the contract should be a WARNING!

1538 days ago
4.

dee    

And does the contract for the judges hold them to the same guidelines? Kara coming on to Casey would be considered sexual harrassment in the general work force and then there was that fiasco with Paula and Corey.

1538 days ago
5.

electriczipper    

Roadkill Raccoon Kabobs
1.Two hopefully dead raccoons
2. cut into one-inch cubes;
3.one-half cup homemade French dressing;
4.two green peppers, cut into squares;
5.one large onion, cut into one-inch pieces;
6.one-third pound mushroom caps.



Place raccoon cubes in a ceramic bowl and pour dressing over cubes. Let marinate two or more hours. Remove cubes, reserving marinade. Alternate raccoon cubes with pepper squares, onion pieces and mushroom caps on skewers. Brush all with reserved marinade and broil over hot coals until done to desired degree. Turn frequently and baste with marinade as needed.



Serves six.



1538 days ago
6.

Jan    

Does Ellen's show PAY the contestant that got booted as they all seem to be required to be on her show the following day????

1538 days ago
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celticskunk    

That roadkill racoon recipe sounds like it would be delish with Yorkshire pudding & onion gravy.BRB goin' coon hunting.

1538 days ago
8.

Alexa    

What a rip off! I thought the winner got a $1M right off the bat! As for the remaining contestants... they really get scr*wed.
Hope the judges enjoy their huge salaries!



Ellen sucks so bad it's easy not to watch the show!

1538 days ago
9.

jordan    

her show...and then wendy williams show

1538 days ago
10.

Rhonda    

I think that Kooky and Balls are the same moron who think that they are some sort of internet star. They always post one right after the other and are both annoyingly stupid. Give it up and get a real life.

1538 days ago
11.

John    

So, you're telling me if I were a contestant, penetrating Kara's vagina would be off limits? Damn!

1538 days ago
12.

WHATEVER    

AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS KARA IS AN ANNOYING BITCH ?????? SHE'S SO FAKE AND ANNOYING. I TURN THE SOUND OFF WHEN SHE'S FLAPPING HER MOUTH.

1538 days ago
13.

charger    

Hey Whamo -you think it's okay to rip off the record companies because of how much Idol makes? You do know that Idol isn't the record company, right?

1538 days ago
14.

Rob J    

In all honesty, who would want to have sex with Randy Jackson?



Can you even imagine what his balls must smell like?

1538 days ago
15.

Truth    

SOUNDS LIKE KELLY CLARKSON IS WINNING IN THE MONEY DEPARTMENT SO FAR. DOESNT SHE HAVE 4 ALBUMS ALREADY?

1538 days ago
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