Not as much as you would think, though its a fortune compared to what any of them had before!
Next week, a new American Idol will be crowned and the season will finally come to an end
making way for The Voice and The X Factor to take over for good. After that, the 11 finalists who worked so hard all season to convince America they were the best of the best will head out on tour, hitting up over 40 cities in North America all summer long.
But is it worth it? In truth, for most of these kids, this will be there last opportunity to shine via the Idol limelight, but the real question is, other than the show's winner, will any of them walk away from the tour with anything useful? In other words - what are they getting paid???
According to their contracts that have been uncovered, everyone, including the winner of the show, will make $1,000 per show for the tour. Decent rate, though considering the amount of money Ryan Seacrest gets in comparison, its really a pittance.
The documents also reveal that the kids will be shacked up in "Marriott/Hyatt style" hotels while touring AND flying economy class between tour stops. Huh. That's interesting. You think by now, the franchise would have pulled enough dough in to have their own private Idol jet! Inneresting accommodations these kids are getting!
Oh well! Such is the deal with this show! It's better than nothing!
Are any of U planning on catching the tour this summer? If you're flying in special for one, you might want to keep an eye out on the seat next to you! Who knows who might sit down!
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