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American Idol airs its grand finale on Sunday, may 23, as the last continuing to be contestants, Willie Spence, grace Kinstler and Chayce Beckham, each execute three song in the fight for the height prize on the alphabet show.

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The winner obtain a record address Hollywood Records, the record label own by Disney (also the parent of ABC).

Among the acts formerly signed come the label space singers who began their life as Disney Channel stars, including Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez. Former Idol contestants quiet signed up encompass last year"s winner, simply Sam, and Season 17 winner Laine Hardy and also runner-up Alejandro Aranda (who documents as Scarypoolparty).

The ideal estimate that what that transaction is worth comes from two years ago, when details that third-place contestant Madison VanDenburg"s contract to be leaked to the press. The contract revealed the the artist take residence $250,000 in two lump sums.

The American Idol winner it s okay $125,000 when they sign the contract and also the continuing to be $125,000 when they complete an album, which they have 4 months come do. They additionally have a budget of as much as $300,000 to record that album, which is provided as an breakthrough that castle will need to pay back versus future earnings.

While the headline figure is $250,000, the artist more than likely won"t get all of it. In the to chat business, a manager normally takes 15 come 20 percent, if lawyers get around 5 percent. That can leave the Idol winner acquisition home about $187,000.


The leaked contract additionally revealed that the winner it s okay paid $1,000 a week throughout recording, and also another $1,000 for every grasp recording handed in to the company.

gendergeek.org reached out come American Idol"s representatives to identify whether the winner"s contract has changed since 2019, and also no solution has however been received.

Contestants in earlier years take it home far more rewarding contracts, v winners prefer Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and also Fantasia Barrino win $1 million deals. Together the display has unable to do on, and also winners have end up being less successful, the worth of the prize has fallen.

Though the transaction is much smaller 보다 in the glory days, it"s still believed to be considerably more rewarding than the compensation awarded come winners that The Voice–reflecting the fact that the present has never been able come launch the career of a Kelly Clarkson-caliber star.

The Voice winners also get a document deal, in their case with global Music group (UMG). The cash prize, however, is just $100,000–though girlfriend do also get come take away the V-shaped trophy.

The Voice"s coaches have criticized the compensation package and UMG for failing to encourage the show"s winners. Blake Shelton called Entertainment Tonight: "One of the most frustrating points for me, as a coach on this present year ~ year, is they victory this record deal with Universal.

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"So plenty of times the ball"s to be dropped. And there hasn"t to be a most follow-through v the document deal...it"s a tough pill to swallow as soon as somebody functions as difficult as Todd has, and also they acquire this chance, and there"s simply no follow-through with the record deal."

The American Idol 2021 final airs Sunday, might 23, in ~ 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT top top ABC.


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Either grace Kinstler, Willie Spence or Chayce Beckham will win "American Idol" 2021 and also take home the height prize.ABC