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    American Idol Paydays

    May 27, 2011 by Bchwood

    With the votes tallied for Season 10 of American Idol, I thought it would be a good time to tally the earnings!

    As Eonline recently reported, AI winner Scotty McCreery's recording contract will pay him $250,000. But there's more gold in them there hills. Scotty is sure to see ancillary revenues from the win as he goes on the post-season Idol tour. Not to mention the first class travel and accommodations for both him and his parents.

    Lauren Alaina gets less than a third as the runner-up at $87,500, which feels like it's on the low side given how vital the last two finalists are for the ratings of the finale.

    These paydays will inevitably get fresh scrutiny due to Simon Cowell's new show The X Factor which boasts a $5 million dollar recording c…

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  • Bchwood

    After two hours of amazing performances from some of music's biggest names, the American Idol Season 10 finale saw 120 million votes and win a for....Scotty McCreery!

    Going into Tuesday night's show, I have to say I thought Scotty McCreery was a lock, but then Lauren Alaina stunned the judges with her melodious third and final performance- and two out of the three judges predicted her the favorite to win, with Steven Tyler nearly declaring it a certainty. So I was left thinking that Idol fans would vote in line with the judges, but I was happily proved wrong.

    Overall, the finale was an exciting night that saw: the Top 13 finalists performing Lady Gaga's "Born This Way", James Durbin banging it out with Judas Priest, and Casey Abrams teaming…

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  • Bchwood

    Last night's final performances on Season 10 of American Idol gave us pretty spectacular performances from both Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, with the judges ultimately giving a slight edge to Lauren for her heart-rending third performance. Tonight, Wednesday (May 25) somebody will be crowned the new people's champ and more details have emerged about who will perform.

    Reports have it that a pair of this year's mentors will be back to celebrate the coronation. In addition to U2's Bono and the Edge performing with cast members from the troubled Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga will take the stage.

    The story claimed that both pop divas, who helped mentor this year's finalists, will team up with all-time …

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  • Bchwood

    Simon Cowell actually predicted it during Season 4 and in 2011 it came true — Carrie Underwood is now officially American Idol’s top earner, surpassing Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson.

    Last year, Kelly Clarkson reigned supreme on Billboard’s Top 24 Idols tally- with 10,600,000 albums and 15,900,000 digital tracks sold since 2002. As of May 16, Underwood’s album sales topped 12,296,000 and she’s moved more than 18,482,000 digital tracks since winning season 4. (Sales data provided by Nielsen SoundScan.)

    While Clarkson’s international presence is stronger than Underwood’s, who plays mostly to U.S. and Canadian audiences, Kelly has devoted much of 2010 and 2011 to working on her as yet unreleased fifth album -- or spending rather than earning. F…

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    So what do the country radio programmers think of American Idol Season 10 country crooner finalists Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina? Well it turns out they're not quite singing their praises. Yet.

    "I'm calling in sick the day they bring Scotty by on radio tour," said Toni-Marie, music director for Bakersfield, Calif., station KUZZ, tells Radio-Info.com's Phyllis Stark in her latest Stark Country newsletter. "I wish people would quit comparing this kid to Josh Turner. He attempts to sound like him, but the only thing he is successful at is looking like the kid on MAD magazines ... Maybe Scotty does have some potential. I don't see it, but he needs someone to teach him to be who Scotty is. Quit doing JT covers and doing that weird eye thing…


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