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'X-Factor' Honchos

We're Willing to Pay Winner

EVEN MORE than $5 Million

12/5/2011 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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If the $5 MILLION recording contract wasn't enough ... TMZ has learned the people behind 'X Factor' are willing to shell out MILLIONS more to the winner ... depending on how hard the soon-to-crowned champ works after the show.

Here's the deal -- each contestant signed a contract which states that if they win the show, they will get their $5 million over a period of 5 years ... $1 mil-per-year.

According to the contract, obtained by TMZ, the $5 mil is an "advance" on any earnings the winner brings in from record sales, the official tour and more ... during the 5 years.

But the earnings are not capped at $5 mil -- if the performer generates more than $5 mil during the length of the deal, that person will get a cut of the profits. The more they sell, the more they rake in.

And there's more ... the singer is entitled to even more cash for any live performances outside of the official tour -- 30% of royalties from each gig -- and that money does NOT count toward the original $5 mil.

The show is down to the final 5 -- might be time to invest in an accountant (we're lookin' at YOU Rachel Crow).

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16.

BEE    

I love Rachel...she's young and adorable and i believe she has the XFACTOR. Melanie reminds me to much of Mariah Carey...and Josh I do love him but his last few songs just didn't do it for me...Although a long shot for Chris Rene, it would be excited to see him win...he is oretty good and believe me i am no RAPPer listener...just something about him. Marcus is fading after his last performance and that is how i see it...I am glad DREW is gone she was boring and can't sing. Not sure what Simon was thinking with her....anyways GOOD LUCK TO the last Five and i will be watching

963 days ago
17.

PurpleHotSauce    

Its gonna be a hard 1 their all very talented.

963 days ago
18.

Lisa    

The two with the msot talent are Josh and Melanie. Rachel is cute, and can sing, but by far, is NOT the best in the competition.

963 days ago
19.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Josh Krajick has this.

963 days ago
20.

Just Saying    

Josh Krajick all the way. The rest are all replaceable. Josh has the maturity and the skill to go all the way without diva inclinations.

963 days ago
21.

jack-55d79    

It's not an advance. An advance is usually liquid. I.e. a straight cash payment (repayable on profits - or 'recoupable'). It's not $5m cash - it's a $5m recording contract. So they basically win a loan that someone else controls and doesn't bankrupt them if they default. All of the costs are recoupable from the limo used to drive them to the awards ceremony, to the choice of producer/studio, to the recording costs, to their costumes. I assume it's a '360... contract'. IIRC the standard for concert profits is 35% (after costs, there's not the label) and 50% for merchandising. So while many artists will never receive any cash long term because of the money spent promoting their music, recording costs, distribution, and a host of other gotchas (such as promotion - TV ads etc), the X-Factor prize isn't much different. But it's not a $5m prize - it's a $5m recording contract, which is quite different.

963 days ago
22.

barcham    

I think Josh and Melanie have the biggest chance to actually have a successful career. Rachel should move on to the Disney channel where she can have a great future but as a recording artist - not so much. She's way too young and has too far to go and grow.

I'm glad that Drew is gone after her closing remarks. She revealed herself to be just another brainwashed religious nutcase. If she had won, most of her money would have ended up in the hands of her 'church'. Considering her age, her parents are responsible for her indoctrination into whatever cult they follow and, imho, should be charged with abuse.

963 days ago
23.

Truth    

CMON NOW... LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF THESE WINNERS --- IDOL, XFACTOR UK, UK POPSTARS, ET AL. NONE EVER MAKE IT BIG AND MOST - LIKE 98.9% - GET DROPPED AFTER 1ST ALBUM. THE ONLY ONES WITH LONGEVITY HAS BEEN KELLY CLARKSON, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, AND POSSIBLY LEONA LEWIS (THO SHE'S TANKING STATESIDE AFTER 2 CD'S). FANTASIA IS BASICALLY DONE AFTER HER OWN STUPID AFFAIR WITH THAT LAME MARRIED CELL PHONE DUDE. WHAT'S BIG ABOUT THESE SHOWS IS THE SHOW ITSELF, NOT THE CONTESTANTS. THE SHOWS MAKES MEGA MILLIONS IN ADVERTISING BUT WINNING CONTESTANTS GET DUMPED AFTER 1-2 YEARS MAX. NONE CAN EVER SELL EXCEPT THE 3 I MENTIONED. LABELS IS WASTING EFFING MONEY ON THIS SH*T THEY CAN NEVER RECOUP. #LAME #EPICFAIL #TRUTH!!

963 days ago
24.

Cooley    

So What. THIS SHOW IS TERRIBLE.

1. The judges are too emotionally attached and invested. It's pathetic and unprofessional to see judges crying and pouting and refusing to talk to people when a contestant leaves.

2. Having judges decided between the contestants they mentor and others in the bottom when someone must go home is a logistics FLAW.
I know they copied off THE VOICE --but at least on that show producers were smart enough to only have the judges deciding which one of THEIR OWN contestants to send home. They never had the power to send someone else's singer home. That's as it should be.

Whoever developed this dumb strategy for X factor should be fired. The judges are ALWAYS going to keep the ones they mentor and send other people home. It's ridiculous.


3. The sniping and insults between the judges is just low-class and distasteful -- not entertaining at all.
Granted I'm primarily a Voice fan and on there the judges were competitive but nice to each other. They flirted and joked with each other and made the show fun.

X Factor makes you truly hate all the judges, especially LA Reid and Simon.

4. Most of the people who can sing have already been sent home.

5. This show laughably doesn't really know what the X FACTOR is. They think it's backup dancers, pyrotechnics and smoke machines that distract from the performer.

Newsflash: If a contestant has the x factor you don't need all that. The true x factor exists within not without.

6. There is just too much hype, fakery and contrived drama on the X Factor. It's a circus.

Bottomline: Dumb Show that is dead in the water.

963 days ago
25.

SakkeL    

In plain English , this is just like a bankloan with huuuge interest on top of it. WHAT A SCAM!!!

963 days ago
26.

billy cema    

Except for Simon, the judges are very annoying, particularly IA and Nicole. This makes for an unenjoyable show. Hope Simon replaces them!
As for the remaining talent, I also feel they got rid of some terrific talent, and I don't mean Astro!
Do away with the sob stories. Many, many viewers have worse experiences in their lives, but don't have the performing talent to exploit them. Think about that, Simon!

963 days ago
27.

6one9    

CHRIS RENE ``````````````````` FTW!!!!
NUFF SAID!!

963 days ago
28.

TheRicker    

I don't understand what the fascination is with Rachael Crow. She's precocious to the point of being annoying. She's completely phony with her, "ahh, gee, shucks!" attitude.

I would imagine that she watched a bunch of Shirley Temple movies to prepare for her role as the sweet, young innocent...

963 days ago
29.

Tim    

Hahaha

so they gave them a longer contract for less money, haha

30% of a show that is outside the tour ?
it should be 100% retards

963 days ago
30.

afjioeqjioe    

This is a stupid article. Of course they will earn more if their sales generate more money then $5 million. By the way Rachel Crow sucks, astro sucked. Drew was the only one worth anything in that show.

963 days ago
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