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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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16.

themare    

If they can pay JLo 12 million, they can pay these kids more than $1,000 per show!

1159 days ago
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nurserosetta    

They kind of are nobodies..... Be happy to have that. Some people can't make that in one year. Dont be greedy....

1159 days ago
18.

Meanie    

That's despicable. With all the money that is made off these kids, the money they're paying them is beyond highway robbery.

1159 days ago
19.

ZB    

Wow that really is sucky pay...I mean really.

As for show attendance...maybe...just maybe if they didn't make the show like the icescapades it would sell more tickets.

Let these guys work their talent areas...and stop putting them in group songs or duets where their voices don't compliment each other...it hurts my ears!!

1159 days ago
20.

Shread    

In reality they are not even that talented. The real test will be to see if the tour even sells. It's my guess that they will be singing for empty venues. They all suck and that Pia is NOT good looking at all.

1159 days ago
21.

Ann    

***Chuck Spears - please keep your racist comments to yourself.***

It seems like a fixed amount and then a percentage of profits would be more equitable.

1159 days ago
22.

AC    

That is pretty bad. Where is the rest of the money going???

1159 days ago
23.

Shifty    

$1000 to sing a few songs each night? Seems like a pretty good gig to me!

GFTO troll, Adam is not an alcoholic. He was flying in between tour stops recording his album. Nice trolling though.

1159 days ago
24.

kerrplunk    

@urbusted hit it right on....

1159 days ago
25.

CA Girl    

Slave labor, pure and simple. Today, $1,000 ain't that much. The execs at AmIdol know it, too. MOST of those former contestants are worth more than a measley $1,000/concert. And the second runner up, only worth $1,000, too? Geez, what a bunch of CHEAPSKATES run the American Idol Corporation. Cheap and Greedy!!!

1159 days ago
26.

R    

Chump change. That's so cheap. Wtf. They should not only get paid more per show but they should get a petty cash stipend of a couple of hundred dollars a day. And all their food paid for and they should be flown around in a private jet. Oh, what's that I hear? Little birdies? Cheep, cheep, cheep!

1159 days ago
27.

rosie    

That is shocking. Ten finalists, and that is all they make. Disgusting.

1159 days ago
28.

Stella    

This year was very close to the worst year ever as far as talent goes. They may be getting record votes but they also opened up some new voting avenues. Having said that they deserve a lot more money than that. They ARE the reason people were watching the TV show/going to the concerts. They're going to make TPTB millions and receive a few pennies on the dollar.

Last year may have had to cancel a few shows (not even close to half) but so did a couple of pretty big artists. I think it's more about the economy which could affect this year's ticket sales also.

1159 days ago
29.

Stella    

This year was very close to the worst year ever as far as talent goes. They may be getting record votes but they also opened up some new voting avenues. Having said that they deserve a lot more money than that. They ARE the reason people were watching the TV show/going to the concerts. They're going to make TPTB millions and receive a few pennies on the dollar.

Last year may have had to cancel a few shows (not even close to half) but so did a couple of pretty big artists. I think it's more about the economy which could affect this year's ticket sales also.

1159 days ago
30.

debbie major    

At first I was surprised at the amount they will make each show but after thinking about it, it isn't that bad. NOT all of them are even worth that! These are new kids starting out. If you play in a band and perform you do not make a lot of money most of the time! Once they hit it big then the BIG money will come! a thousand dollars for a couple of hours is great, I would do that!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The person who said you make more serving jury duty must have never served jury duty(less than fifty a day!)

1159 days ago
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