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'American Idol'

Pimping Out Contestants

for New Disney Attraction

3/21/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The final 5 contestants on "American idol" better LOVE Disney World -- because once the show is over, they'll be working their asses off at the Happiest Place on Earth ... at least temporarily.

According to one of the contestant's contracts, obtained by TMZ, each of the final 5 contestants is required to put in a day's work post-"Idol" at the new American Idol Experience at Disney World -- taping a performance for later use on the attraction.

Lucky for them, they're not working for free -- according to the deal, the 2nd through 5th place contestants will earn $50,000 for the day's work ... much more than most Disney employees can say.

But the deal gets a little trickier for whoever wins "Idol" this season -- that person is required not only to tape a performance for the attraction ... he or she is also required to participate in a commercial and make an in-person appearance at Disney world to help promote the attraction.

The good news -- the winner gets paid handsomely for the job ... $200,000.

FOX, Fremantle Media, and 19 Entertainment had no comment.

12 COMMENTS

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MW    

This is NOT news. The attraction has been open since 2009. It is NOT NEW.

Also the attraction already has past performers in videos. And past winners have been there multiple times in the past to promote it.

So none of this is news except maybe how much they are getting paid.

765 days ago
2.

Kelster    

excuse me if i dont cheer, im little busy working, going to school, paying bills and worrying about real life

765 days ago
3.

horhay    

I have no idea how something that has been opened since 2009 is considered a new attraction...

765 days ago
4.

kdogg    

TMZ...Where the F**k have you *******s been. That American Idol attraction is not brand new. Its been open for 5 yrs. Hire some new f'n researchers.

765 days ago
5.

Nicoleasm    

Wow, shooting a commercial and singing at Disney World for 200k..yeah they are really working their a***s off. Most people will need to spend 8 years working hard in college or over half their lives grueling physically demanding jobs at low pay. So that sounds like a pretty sweet deal they're getting

765 days ago
6.

Marcy    

why are you presenting this like it's a bad thing? I'm sure they'd love to perform for the money.

765 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

You're on the late train, TMZ, I went to Disneyland a few years ago and noticed they had an American Idol attraction. Did you expect them would work for free? Did you expect that AI let contestants be on their show, so then they have to be AI's bitches?

765 days ago
8.

Carl    

What a weird post. You realize the contestants are looking for a career in the music industry right? I'm sure they will LOVE the opportunity to tape something for Disney World and get paid well to do it. It isn't like they are forcing Steven Tyler or J-Lo to do this, it is a bunch of unknown teens and 20 somethings that have never had an opportunity like this in their life.

765 days ago
9.

JDoors    

Weird slant to the copy.

What network is Idol on?

Who owns that network?

What are the contestents hoping for? A performance contract, maybe?

Weird.

765 days ago
10.

mike hunt    

The pay is great for a days work. But for the final 5 contestants and for the winner, I think that in addition to the lump sum payment, these kids should receive a residual based on how often the taped performance plays. It doesn't have to be much, but that kind of payment is traditional in videotaped performances, and ensures that the artist has a trickle of income long after they have done the show. Very popular in TV and Movie actor contracts, when an actor's show in in reruns, even a show from 30 years ago, that actor gets paid for it.

764 days ago
11.

linda    

AMERICAN IDOLS RATINGS ARE GOING DOWN. NO WONER HEEJUN IS STILL ON THERE. WHAT A WEIRD GUY. AND WHO IS VOTING FOR THIS CREEP. NO TALENT, NO VOICE. THESE JUDGES NEED TO WATCH THE VOICE.!! TAKE SOME LESSONS JUDGES. HEEJUN WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN PICKED ON THERE... HE SOUNDS STUPID. AMERICAN IDOL NEEDS TO CHANGE THE VOTING.. THIS IS GETTING TO BE A JOKE NOW. I WONT WATCH IT EVER AGAIN. I WILL WATCH SOME GOOD JUDGES.!! AND SOME GOOD SINGERS. NOW THEY HAVE SOME SINGERS. NOT SOME LIKE HEEJUN.!!

763 days ago
12.

ParanoidAndroid    

Why I hate American Idol.

It sucks.

It REAAALLLLLY sucks.

I hate it.

Did I mention it sucks?

Because it does.

It’s a mockery of real music.

Everyone on it sucks.

The judges suck.

The contestants suck.

The live audience sucks.

Ryan Seacrest sucks.

The network it’s on sucks.

The advertisers that use it to promote their products suck.

It’s basically a giant suckfest, and makes me want to invite Al Qaeda to come to our country with one single mission: to destroy American Idol and everything it stands for.

761 days ago

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