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The Cost Of Being An American Idol

Updated: Tuesday, May 20 2014, 12:09 AM CDT
IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE NOW, BUT AMERICAN IDOL PRODUCERS SENT AUDITION FLIERS OUT FOR THE SHOW'S FIRST SEASON... WORRIED THEY WOULDN'T ATTRACT A BIG ENOUGH TALENT POOL!

WHILE THOSE FEARS QUICKLY VANISHED, AUDITION COSTS CAN BE A FINANCIAL HURDLE FOR WANNABES ON THE IDOL AUDITION TRAIL.

PEROS says:  Look at like a person like C.J. or Dexter from this past season of American idol.  I mean these guys were found by the American Idol bus tour.  They were actually found in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where they both live.

ROBERT says: You have to put your life on hold you know to go on American Idol but you know it's well worth it in the long run.

ONCE CHOSEN FOR THE TOP 12, IDOL CONTESTANTS ARE PROVIDED ROOM AND BOARD.

PEROS says: <i> </i>Reports say that Fox gives the Top 12 contestants a stipend of $2,400 a month.  And that's up to them how they want to use it, I mean most of these people also leave their jobs.  They have apartments to pay for back at home or even families to support.

HARRIS says:<i>  </i>I had to stop working to prepare myself for it even though I knew it was coming. I just felt like I had the talent to really do something with my life.

EVER WONDER HOW ADAM LAMBERT CAME UP WITH THOSE OUTRAGEOUS COSTUMES HE WORE ON IDOL'S EIGTH SEASON?

PEROS says:  Fox brings these top stylists and hair artists and makeup artists in to kind of you know make these contestants look like A-list celebrities

IDOL FINALISTS CAN END UP EARNING ABOUT A MILLION BUCKS FOR ALBUMS AND COMMERCIALS.

THEN THERE'S THE SHOW ITSELF. THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS  --  AFTRA -- PAYS EACH TOP 24 CONTESTANT A PERFORMANCE FEE.

FORBES SAYS CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS THE TOP-EARNING AMERICAN IDOL.  THE COUNTRY SINGER BANKED ABOUT 31 MILLION DOLLARS LAST YEAR THANKS TO HER CONCERT TOUR AND AN ENDORSEMENT DEAL WITH OLAY.

IN NEW YORK, ASHLEY DVORKIN, FOX NEWS.
The Cost Of Being An American Idol


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