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So, How Much Do The Idol Finalists Make On Tour Exactly?

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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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10 comments to “So, How Much Do The Idol Finalists Make On Tour Exactly?”



  1. 1

    Private jet? Waste of fuel and money, extremely bad for the environment.



  2. 2

    This story is a few days old. Thanks for rehashing old news once again.



  3. 3

    Frankly, you'd have to pay me to even look at those kids. That girl looks like DJ Tanner's evil twin with those ridiculous streaks in her hair and those feather earrings with that bumpkin sorority sister dress. And blazers with jeans are an endangered fashion statement as is the "Omigod so sexy" partially buttoned-down shirt. Being that there is no chest hairs, no muscle, there's no point to unbuttoning the top of your shirt.



  4. 4

    doesnt this chick look like DJ Tanner??? I had to do a double take



  5. 5

    Isn't that girl, like 16? She looks 30. The guy kinda looks like Clay Aiken.



  6. 6

    that is disgusting. so they each make $40k?! that's it?! what a joke. showbiz is a whore's game for sure. those poor bastards. they should each be making no less than $250k for the tour. about 2.75 million for the performers in total. that would probably be what it costs for 1 ad spot on american idol. what a joke…



  7. 7

    Why are you assuming your audience flies economy class?



  8. 8

    Hardly seems fair. Brizzle Payme made $260,000 for wallowing around the DWTS set; of course, the voting was rigged (it has been proved). Show Biz.



  9. 9

    He totally looks like Clay Aiken! And thats not a good thing. Anyway, who cares?



  10. 10

    He looks like Howdy Doody or that picture from Mad Magazine if you ask me.