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'Idol' Finalists Tour Contract -- $1,000 per Show

5/21/2011 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"American Idol's" top 11 finalists are set to make bank over the summer -- because TMZ has learned they'll each get paid $1,000 for EVERY show they perform during the American Idol Live Tour.

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TMZ obtained a copy of the contract all Idol finalists had to sign before the show -- which spells out exactly how much dough they'll pull in if they're invited to participate on the international tour.

In addition to the $1,000-per-concert -- the documents show each finalist will share in merchandise profits from the tour ... and will also receive $50 in spending cash for non-concert days.

Finalists are also guaranteed to stay in "Marriott/Hyatt style" hotel accommodations while on the road -- and will fly coach between tour stops.

According to the contract, the tour will kick off immediately after the Season 10 winner is announced on May 25 -- and will go until the end of September.

Not bad for a summer job.


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How now brown cow    

You would think they would pay them more!

1191 days ago
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anonymous_cool    

What a rip off. UK X-Factor finalists get $244,155.00 each for a live tour. I guess Simon Cowell is not so bad after all.

1191 days ago
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James    

American Idol should be paying them more. Those kids are making hundreds of millions of dollars for American Idol.

1191 days ago
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Angela    

Sounds like I would get paid more doing jury duty. That's no money at all.

1191 days ago
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john    

that comes to about only $46,000 that really sucks

1191 days ago
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TorontoWoman    

I know that for the '09 tour they were making at LEAST $100,000 each....and now it's less than half? Hmmmm...I know last summer's tour really sucked as far as ticket sales go, and several dates were cancelled. Maybe that's got something to do with it.

1191 days ago
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Tony Johnson    

THAT IS JUST PLAIN OL' ALL KIND OF MOTOWN PUFF DADDDY RIPP OFF HALF A PENNY PER ALBUM KINDS OF WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1191 days ago
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urbusted    

That's not a lot of money, and yes, AI is taking advantage in a way, but then again, where would these kids be without AI?
Scotty was working at a grocery store, one of them were working n maintenance crew cleaning.
If not for AI nobody would even know who they were, so hey, they pocket 50K for a couple months work (not bad) and go from there, now with name recognition, and a maybe a real career. most people would kill for that kind of publicity that have had.
So what if they have to actually work a little? Most musicians work hard for YEARS and never get anywhere.
They got very lucky.

1191 days ago
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SallyChi    

@TMZ: Not everybody gets $1000.....the winners get $2000, that would be Scotty and Lauren. They close the show.

1191 days ago
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Anna    

They ALL get paid around $50K. I know a guy that has worked the tour for the past 3 or 4 years. The payment has always been the same. Apparently they almost denied Adam Lambert his 50 grand because his alcoholism was affecting his performance/ability to meet his crazy ass fans during the meet and greets. Bahaha. My opinion is that these kids are being ripped off by the suits in the office.

1191 days ago
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Betty    

American Idol should be paying them waaaaayy more money than that for the tour. They are just greedy. A mere pittance of what they are bringing in in revenue!~

1191 days ago
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Truth    

YEA, THE TOUR MGRS ARE HEDGING THEIR BETS. LAST YR'S TOUR SUCKED ASS AND DINT HALF THE TOUR GET CANCELED DUE TO CRAPTASTIC TICKET SALES?? YEA... MAYBE THAT'S WHY. DAMN, EVEN THE PRO BACKGROUND SINGERS FOR BIG NAME ARTISTS GET LIKE $4K-5K/SHOW. SUCKS FOR BEING A LAME IDOL CONTESTANT!! LOL IS RIGHT!!!

1191 days ago
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Justin    

So if they don't want $50k or $70k or whatever it is for a few months of work, go back to the grocery store.

They know the deal going in. This has never been a secret They're happy to do it for the experience, the contacts, the recognition.

I quit watching American Idol. It's boring.

1191 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

So, after taxes they will have whooping $543 spend however they want. WOO HOO!

1191 days ago
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Muppet    

I can't think of any other summer jobs that pay that kind of money. They get to go out and do what they love to do...sing and make some $$$. I don't think it's unfair. It's called a budget.

1191 days ago
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