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Concert Promoter Stiffs American Idol Contestant Out Of Cash

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Another lesson in showbiz.

Former American Idol contestant Kimberly Locke says that a concert promoter stiffed her out of her hard-earned cash after performing on the American Stars in Concert tour in 2008, which featured several other former AI contestants.

Kimberly took concert promoter Scott Stander to court, but even though he was ordered by a judge to pay her, he still hasn't coughed up the ca$h in over 2 years.

She says:

"I worked very hard on that tour, and I was disappointed that Stander failed to pay me. This was not only unprofessional, but very insulting and completely unacceptable."

What a scumbag! So many people in this industry take advantage of performers. Keep fighting, Kimberly and get your money from this guy!

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Kimberly Locke Bashes Current Idol Contestants!

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It's no shocker that the general consensus for this season of American Idol is pretty negative, seeing as none of the contestants are particularly talented or interesting!

Season two contestant Kimberly Locke, whom we actually like and has been mildly successful post the reality competition, is the latest to give the current batch of booooooring singers a smackdown!

She says:

“I think that they’re going to have to go back to the raw talent. The other night, on the show, I think everybody except for two people, maybe, played the guitar. I don’t play an instrument. I love people who play instruments — I think it’s great — but American Idol is a singing competition and I think it distracts and it takes away. I think some of them are better musicians than they are singers — if you really want to know the truth about it. When I was on American Idol it was about raw talent; you had a microphone, a microphone stand, a spotlight, and a track. We didn’t even have a band on my season! So, I do think it’s still a great way to find talent. I think they just need to get back to the basics of singing. One of the things I didn’t like about Idol was the Ford commercials. It was like, ‘Come on.’ For a lack of a better word they would whore us out, we did all these commercials for free, they got to use our image and our names. But the thing that upset me the most about it is that it took up so much time in our day. We were already exhausted running around doing press, people pulling us in a thousand directions, now we’ve go to do Coke and Ford and all these different spots for the sponsors. Those things would take, like, an entire day. Some nights we wouldn’t get finished from doing just that until midnight. It’s like, ‘Really?’ And then they’re like, ‘Practice your song in your sleep.’ I was like, ‘Really? Come on.’ So, the Ford commercials were kind of annoying. And, we didn’t get a car. So, go figure.”

We do think that it takes a great deal of talent to play the guitar and sing, but we agree that everyone this year has an instrument in hand CONSTANTLY - probably to distract from their SHITEOUS singing!

And those Ford commercials are effing obnoxious!

What do U think?? Do U agree with Kimberly Locke??

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Randy Jackson Takes Former Idol Under His Wing

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The DAWG has a new deal.

Knowing that his American Idol gig won't last forever, Randy Jackson has just launched his own record label, getting back to what he does best - producing.

DreamMerchant21 will be Randy's first venture into dance music and to make the transition comfortable, his first signing was with an old friend - American Idol Season Two finalist, Kimberley Locke.

Of his new musical journey with dance music, Randy said:

“I feel compelled with the music that I am hearing in 2010 to start this kind of label. I want to make a difference within this genre and bring good energy and great music to all!”

Well then, let's hear what you got!

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