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"American Idol" Finalists Judge Lawyers

2/23/2011 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

There was a secret competition behind-the-scenes at "American idol"' last month -- but this time the wannabes were three prestigious law firms fighting for a job ... and it was up to the singers to decide their fate.

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TMZ has learned ... "Idol" execs gave the top 40 finalists the opportunity to select a law firm that would represent the singers ... to review and negotiate the A.I. contract the singers must now sign.

We're told three firms gave their best pitches to the group -- and after the presentations, the singers had to vote by a show of hands on which firm would get the job ... majority rules.

In the end, the gang picked Craig Marshall and Gary L. Gilbert (see above) from the mega-firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips -- a firm which boasts huge clients like Coca-Cola, Sony and The Eagles. 

Hopefully, the losing firms were treated to a musical montage on their way out.



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1.

angelo    

FIRST!

1148 days ago
2.

JLS    

Who cares? First TMZ posts a pic of a sandwich today and then this. Honestly, who cares about either?

1148 days ago
3.

will    

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1148 days ago
4.

Estmer    

yeaaaaaaaaaaa I also wanna be American Idol.
http://goarticles.com/article/African-Mango-Plus-Review-Healthy-Way-to-A-Slim-Figure/4217176

1148 days ago
5.

Truth    

UM, WHO CARESSSSS???? WE ALL KNOW ANY IDOL WINNER SIGNED TO ANY FIRM WILL BE A FLOP REGARDLESS. THE MUSIC INDUSTRY SUCKS THESE DAYS AND IDOL WINNERS TEND TO SUCK MORE. Shhhhhhh... Clay Aikens, David Archuleta dumped by their labels.

1148 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

I would have picked manny,moe and jack..the famous pep boy bobble heads,,they dont say much but they know the law,and say yes to almost anything

1148 days ago
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Bubbles The Chimp    

Nothing like 'pretending' the contestants chose their own lawyers. AI gave them the 3 choices.

That is like AI giving an acoholic a choice of three different beers.

1148 days ago
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Barb    

Is AI paying the lawyer fees? If so, why would AI provide this service to the contestants? Shouldn't that be the responsibility of the individual contestants?

1148 days ago
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Dandy Dan    

Who gives a ****!

1148 days ago
10.

Stef    

Oh this is just one of Idol's many many dirty little secrets.

1148 days ago
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John Galt    

Seriously, by a show hands it was decided?

1146 days ago
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John Galt    

Who gives a crap if you give a crap?

1146 days ago

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