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As everyone who gives a fig knows by now, Kelly Clarkson won the American Idol competition last night. She is now in the hands of the 19 Group of Companies (scroll to bottom):

    A Brief Introduction

    Simon Fuller has had a profound influence on current British pop culture. At 21, he scored his first hit by signing the then-unknown song “Holiday” – Madonna’s first hit to Chrysalis Music in the UK. His career as a manager started in 1985 when he set up “19” – the name derived from the company’s first single release – Paul Hardcastle’s four million selling smash entitled “19.”

    He has gone on to become one of the most respected and influential forces within the global entertainment industry.

    He managed the development of Annie Lennox’s solo career; he created and managed the Spice Girls, who went on to sell 38million albums and became a global phenomenon. This has been followed by the global television and music success story that is S Club 7.

    The company has built up an unprecedented roster of top music producers, songwriters and artists playing a fundamental role in the success of artists including Madonna, U2, Oasis, Craig David, Eurythmics, Kylie Minogue, and Boyzone.

    Today “19” is recognised as a leading creator, provider and promoter of globally successful, music based entertainment.

    “19” has attracted a unique collection of expertise in people who work together to integrate and leverage activity across television, music, film, merchandising, music publishing, recording, artist/writer and producer management, sponsorship and promotion.

    To date, “19” has been involved in the creation of over 50 Number 1 singles and 25 Number 1 albums with an impressive tally of over 70 Top 40 albums and 200 Top 40 singles.

Gary Fine, of entertainment law firm Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy & Edel LLP in Los Angeles, dug up these provisions from the contestant contract, with the following explanation:

    I looked over a copy of the “American Idol: The Search For A Superstar Contestant Agreement and Release” and found it to be……….well……….how shall I say this…………………………..particularly aggressive, perhaps. I have included below some provisions from the greement that some of you might find interesting. The agreement wasa 14 pages long and, naturally, contained additional language that would affect the interpretation of the provisions below, but I think it’s safe to say that such additional language did not make the provisions any more artist friendly.
    5. Future Agreements: Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section C, I understand and agree that in the event I am one of the final ten (10) contestants in the Competition, I will be required to enter into the following agreements: (a) an agreement with 19 Recordings Ltd. (or an affiliated company) for my exclusive services as a recording artist: (b) an agreement with 19 Merchandising Ltd. for the use of my name, likeness biography in connection with advertising, endorsement, merchandising and sponsorship; and (c) an agreement with 19 Management Ltd. for the management of my career as an artist. I understand and agree that, unless I am the individual selected as the winner of the Competition, such agreements shall become fully effective only at the election of 19 Recordings Ltd., 19 Merchandising Ltd., and/or 19 Management Ltd. I hereby warrant that as of the date of this agreement I have not entered into any contract or arrangement which might prevent me from entering into the agreements specified in sub-sections (a), (b) and (c) of this Section C.5., and that in the event I am prevented from entering into any of the foregoing agreements, I shall be immediately disqualified from the Competition and the Series.

    1. Name. Likeness, etc., Promotional Activities. I hereby consent to Producer’s filming, taping and/or recording of me for use in and in connection with the Series (including, without limitation, whether I am aware or unaware of the photographing, videotaping, filming or recording of same, and by requiring me to wear a microphone at all reasonable times, at Producer’s discretion) and agree to cooperate fully with Producer in such activities. I acknowledge and agree that Producer will be the sole and exclusive owner of all rights and material filmed, taped, and/or recorded pursuant to this Agreement. In addition. I hereby grant to Producer the unconditional right throughout the universe in perpetuity to use, simulate or portray (and to authorize others to do so) or to refrain from using, simulating or portraying, my name, likeness (whether photographic or otherwise), voice, singing voice, personality, personal identification or personal experiences, my life story, biographical data, incidents, situations and events which heretofore occurred or hereafter occur, including without limitation the right to use, or to authorize others to use any of the foregoing in or in connection with the Series (or any episode or portion thereof) and the advertising, promoting or publicizing of the Series or any Series episode by Producer, the Network, its operations, activities or programming services and with any merchandise, tie-in, sponsor, product, or service of any kind by Producer, the Network, or any of its programming services, and in any other manner whatsoever as Producer may elect in its sole discretion. I understand that, in and in connection with the Series, I may reveal and/or relate, and other parties (including, without limitation, other contestants, the judges, Producer and the host and/or co-host of the Series) may reveal and/or relate information about me of a personal, private, intimate. surprising, defamatory, disparaging, embarrassing or unfavorable nature, that may be factual and/or fictional. I further understand that my appearance, depiction and/or portrayal in the Series and my actions and the actions of others displayed in the Series, may be disparaging, defamatory, embarrassing or of an otherwise unfavorable nature and may expose me to public ridicule, humiliation or condemnation. I acknowledge and agree that Producer shall have the right to (a) include any such information and any such appearance, depiction, portrayal, actions, and statements in the Series as edited by Producer in its sole discretion, (b) broadcast and otherwise exploit the Series containing any such information and any such appearance, depiction, portrayal or actions, and (c) use such information, appearance, depiction, portrayal, actions and/or statements in any manner whatsoever, in Producer’s sole discretion. The waivers, release and indemnities in this Agreement expressly apply to any such inclusion and exploitation.

    6. “World Idol”: I acknowledge and agree that, should I win the Competition and subject to my availability at the time of the Producer’s request, l shall participate in a “World Idol” program where winners/contestants from the “Pop Idol” and/or “American Idol” competition in other countries or other versions of the Series shall compete against each other and, provided that I appear on the “World Idol” program, I agree to accept a total fee of One Thousand Four Hundred Dollars ($1,400.00) in full and final consideration for my appearance in such program and the grant of all rights in relation thereto on the same terms and conditions set out hereunder. The format of such program shall be at the discretion of the Producer. I further acknowledge and agree that, regardless of whether I win the Competition, but subject to my availability as set forth above, I will participate in any and all of Producer’s spin-off program(s), including without limitation any recording, interview, audition, competition, event or activity relating to such spin-off program, provided that Producer shall notify me of such program or activity either within twelve (12) months of the date of first broadcast of the last episode of the Series or thirteen (13) months from the date of acceptance by Network of the last episode of the Series (whichever is earlier).

    2. Confidentiality/Disclosures: Any and all information disclosed to or obtained by me concerning or relating to the Series, the contestants, the events contained in the Series, the outcome of the Series and/or contest, Producer, the Network and the terms and conditions of this Agreement shall be strictly confidential. I agree that I shall NOT disclose to any third party any information to which I have had or will have access concerning the Series, the judges, host and co-host, the other contestants, their friends or families, Producer, the Network, or the Network’s programming or other services, or the terms and conditions of this Agreement except as required to fulfill my obligations hereunder; as expressly authorized by Producer in writing; or as required by law. I also agree that I shall not disclose any such information to any contestant, individual or entity including, without limitation, any members of the press. I acknowledge that any disclosure of such information will constitute a material breach of this Agreement and will cause Producer and the Network substantial and irreparable Injury and will cause substantial damages in excess of Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000), entitling Producer (and/or the Network, as a third party beneficiary of this provision) to, among other things: (a) injunctive or other equitable relief, without posting any bond, to prevent and/or cure any breach or threatened breach of this paragraph by me; (b) recovery or disgorgement of the monies and other consideration, if any, I received in connection with such disclosure; (c) forfeiture of any and all cash and prizes that I may have been entitled to for participating in the Series; and (d) recovery of the Producer’s and/or the Network’s damages, including but not limited to, lost profits and other consequential damages, to the extent permitted by law, and attorneys’ fees and court costs incurred to enforce this paragraph. I also agree not to make any personal appearance for anyone other than Producer and/or Network or make any statement to any radio personnel, journalist, media person or service with respect to the Series without Producer’s and Network’s prior written approval as set forth in this Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, I may refer to my appearance in the Series, Producer, or Network in an incidental, non-derogatory manner or as reasonably required in connection with my resume.

Music attorney Kenneth D. Freundlich is concerned for her well-being:

    Holy Cow! I hope Marc Cuban is watching now that he has stated his intention to do Star Search. If so, he should market his show about the difference between Idol and Star Search and set his up as a platform to stardom not as a noose to stardom as Idol appears to be. A few appearances gratis, OK, a compilation album, an Idol single, OK. But a long term contract with THEIR LABEL and THEIR MANAGEMENT TEAM, and THEIR MERCHANDISING COMPANY, is a bit much, not to mention the $1,400 fee for “World Idol”!

    How can the Judges look Kelly in the eye and be proud of what the show has
    done for her? Those provisions are ridiculous. That girl (and who knows how many others of the last 10) is **cked. Who is 19 Recordings, Ltd.? I notice that 19 TV Ltd. and Fox are on the bottom of the website so I can only assume they are all connected.

    Does Kelly have the opportunity to negotiate these “agreements” or must she take whatever they offer? What about disclosure of the conflicts of interest inherent in a manager owning the label and the merchandising company? Shouldn’t they be disclosed (or don’t they have to be!!). What if she wants independent management? How can this be enforceable?

    Did Kelly have an attorney look this over before she signed it? How old is she? Could she consent to all of this?

    Of course, if she did the right thing and hired counsel to blow her out of that nonsense, they would reverse the publicity on her, call her an ingrate, and might harm her career. Does anybody think she could stand up on her own two feet with the publicity the show has generated for her and her talent? Isn’t their a fairer way for the show to be compensated or better yet, didn’t they make enough in the advertising and other income from the success of the show?

    Where are The Rosenberg’s when you need them for comment? This is Farm Club II isn’t it only on a larger scale…Millions of people watched these unsuspecting talents march obediently down the primrose path only to end up surrounded by what appears to be the worst rendition of THE INDUSTRY. I hope I am wrong (and encourage all who know 19 to tell me why I am). If not, this is a gross abuse and I hope someone outs it quickly and publicly.

You have – thank you.

And speaking of Star Search, check this out:

    Though the general format of Star Search stayed the same during its lengthy syndicated run, the show was reshaped and remodeled in small ways. Over time, the acting category was phased out to expand the musical and dance categories. The model/spokesperson category, which was initially a woman-only category, was expanded to include male contestants. Original MTV VJ Martha Quinn was also added in 1994 to emcee the musical competitions.

    TV talent shows have taken some flack over the years for failing to produce lasting stars, but Star Search was a clear exception to this rule. The many talented alumni who got their start on that syndicated stage include Dennis Miller, Sinbad, and Britney Spears.

UPDATE
Here’s a different perspective from John Schuch:

    Is anyone seriously suggesting that Kelly Clarkson would have done better for herself by refusing to sign the contestant agreement and bolting the show prior to becoming one of the highly visible ten finalists to head back home to Burleson, Texas, and wait for her leverage to improve while working as a cocktail waitress?

    I mean, I think she’s talented and deserved to win the competition, but the odds against any one person, no matter how deserving, getting this kind of exposure are astronomical. And no matter how talented she may be, I also think it highly unlikely that she would have been “discovered” were it not for the opportunity to appear on this show.

    Like it or not, media creates celebrities these days, and if being a celebrity was her dream, why would anyone seriously advise her against going down this path? If she’s smart, and getting good advice, she’ll make the best of the situation she now finds herself in, and she’ll have a plan for the future. “Hmmm, Burleson, Texas, for possibly the rest of my life, or a chance at a shot for everything I’ve ever dreamed of. Which one should I choose?”

All well and good and doubtless true, but it still doesn’t explain why the company felt the need to make the contract so artist-unfriendly. It doesn’t matter who won specifically – it would have been a bad contract for whomever. The fact that this particular person has been plucked from obscurity is a given – why take advantage of that person so egregiously?

UPDATES
We have a very large number of Idol-related stories from both seasons – just put American Idol in the search box at the top of the page. Sometimes you just can’t get enough.

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  • Paul

    And I thought the 13th Amendment eliminated this sort of thing ;)

    My knowledge of law comes from The People’s Court, but is there such a thing as an “unreasonable contract”? In other words, a contract so outrageous that its not legally binding?

  • random(100)

    I can’t belive they signed that… I wonder if they did not read it or were that desperate…

  • http://aeglos.blogspot.com/ Robin Goodfellow

    Involuntary servitude Paul. It’s perfectly legal for someone to sign their life away as long as they do it of their own accord.

  • Eric Olsen

    Perfectly legal, but the situation certainly seems coercive to me: if you wish to participate, then you will sign this as is, period.

  • x

    WOW. So just how much do Kelly get in her pocket?

  • http://mrpbooks.com Rachel Plummer

    I thought slavery was illegal in this country.

  • http://www.politicalhobbyist.com The Political Hobbyist

    Coercive? How? No one held a gun to the head of Kelly Clarkson — or any other American Idol participant, for that matter — and said “sign this, or else.” Ms. Clarkson was perfectly free to remain waiting tables in Texas. The other participants were perfectly free to do whatever it was they were doing before they signed on to the show.

    Neither Fox nor 19 Ltd. has any obligation to negotiate against itself. Why should they? Even with an onerous contract such as this one, they had an ample supply of contestants perfectly willing to accept possible future restrictions in return for a shot at fame. Caveat emptor.

  • Steve DeMars

    I did not see anything that indicated the length of contract. Wouldn’t she be able to go independent upon completion of the contract? At any rate, she stands to make a great deal of money for her efforts. That is if her voice can withstand the pressure

  • http://veriqhan.blogspot.com Dale Stevenson

    The thing about this is that this is essencially the same thing that any artist signs when they join a major label. The people with the money are the ones that get to call the shots, right from the get-go.

  • http://invisiblegirls.tripod.com dennard summers

    wow…what else can be said. i think someone should chronicle all this into a book and that should be reading for someone looking to get into the music biz.

  • Judie

    This is a terrible price to have to pay for fame for a newcomer. It is hard to say ‘Poor Kelly’ but $1400 is not exactly ‘rich’. The 19 Company should be ashamed of itself for taking such a terrible advantage of this young person.

  • Marianne Ezell

    I believe it was a contract such as this that caused first the Backstreet Boys and then ‘NSync to sue Lou Pearlman to be released from their contracts. Lou is the “star maker” from Orlando who created both of those boy bands and created “Making the Band” for TV, which then gave us another boy band, O-Town, who I believe have since signed with Clive Davis. I’d like to hear what Mr. Davis has to say about these “slavery” contracts. But hopefully Simon Fuller and 19 Productions will make their profit off of Kelly and Tamyra (who they signed the day after she was booted off the show) and then let them go to more amenable management. It’s a foot in the door for these talented kids who might never get heard otherwise. Hopefully when Sean Combs (Puffy, P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, or whatever his name is these days) does his “Making the Band” this Fall on MTV, his contract will be a bit more artist-friendly. But then again…..business is business and we are a free and capitalist country, aren’t we? >^,,^<

  • x

    “may reveal and/or relate information about me of a personal, private, intimate. surprising, defamatory, disparaging, embarrassing or unfavorable nature, that may be factual and/or fictional”

    This part is interesting because it would appear they can say whatever they damn well please in marketing Kelly AND justin..for example,..if they think it would sell records to have kelly and justin in an affair..then they can claim that is what is happening even if not.

    How long is this contract? For the rest of her life if they deem it to be the case?

  • http://aeglos.blogspot.com/ Robin Goodfellow

    Yup, the contract grants them the right to make up lies about the contestants. It also allows them to video tape the contestants any time they want, any where they want, even if they would have a reasonable expectation of privacy and even if they do not know they are being taped.

    As for the length, I’m not a lawyer, but this part seems to say it lasts forever:

    I hereby grant to Producer the unconditional right throughout the universe in perpetuity to use, simulate or portray (and to authorize others to do so) or to refrain from using, simulating or portraying, my name, likeness (whether photographic or otherwise), voice, singing voice, personality, personal identification or personal experiences, my life story, biographical data, incidents, situations and events which heretofore occurred or hereafter occur, including without limitation the right to use, or to authorize others to use any of the foregoing in or in connection with the Series (or any episode or portion thereof) and the advertising, promoting or publicizing of the Series or any Series episode by Producer, the Network, its operations, activities or programming services and with any merchandise, tie-in, sponsor, product, or service of any kind by Producer, the Network, or any of its programming services, and in any other manner whatsoever as Producer may elect in its sole discretion.

  • Dr. Josh Saban

    I wouldn’t assume all the judges had access to, or were provided the content of the contract between 19 and the contestants.I have a clear understanding that Ms. Abdul and Mr. Jackson have no ties to 19 other than their own contract between them to “judge” in the compition.I do not know Mr.Cowell’s official tie to 19. There are many unconfirmed rumors It would be inappropriate to speculate.

  • Sheila

    How much did Kelly really make for being the winner. Do they pay for all 10 finals air fare and motels when they go for their tours?

  • Me

    Insanity – really. What are these contestants thinking? With the publicity they managed to attract, they probably could have gotten more reasonable, less demeaning contracts even before they made the final ten. Kelly, among the other nine, have basically just sold their souls away; they really no longer have the right to privacy, protection from defamation of character or other such offenses. Do they realize that they’ve just sold away their lives just for a chance with showbiz?

  • http://www.biscuitindex.com/mith.html E.A. Castro

    While I don’t have any warm fuzzies for lawyers in general or entertainment lawyers specifically, I can say that they are only doing what they do best. The only real thing that comes to mind when reading the terms of Kelly Clarkson is… well, when you make a deal with the devil, you end up in hell.

  • http://www.XtremeKelly.cjb.net Alex

    WoW..! Poor Kelly and the other 9 ..!

  • Tarquin

    Kelly is fucked!!!!
    I hope Justin is smart and gets out of at least the recording contract. It sounds like only the actual winner is bound to the recording contract….or am I wrong about that? She is going to be a virtual puppet to 19 management. I see problems down the road for Kelly especially if she has her own artistic vision of herself.

  • squee

    Anyone remember the cartoon movie “Rock n Rule”?

  • mack

    Besides the $1400 for appearing in “World Idol”, certainly there is some other description somewhere in the contract of how she’s going to be financially compensated for all this. I can’t imagine anybody signing something like this for less than a hefty sum.

  • http://www.chunkystyle.com Mike B.

    I’ve been in this business for 22 years, as a musician, writer and producer. I’ve seen many singers and bands sign deals like this. They know it’s not a fair deal, but they all hope that when they “make it big”, they can re-negotiate the deal. Sadly, that almost never happens.

    As for those who say it’s better than waiting tables, well, I think that it’s worse to be famous and poor, than obscure and poor. I’ve seen many bands with hit records and no money. They are all ashamed and depressed. Everyone expects them to have wonderful, dream-like lives, when they don’t have enough cash for busfare.

    However, it’s the wish for a quick path to the top that does these kids in. They don’t want to slug it out on the road and build a following one club at a time. There truly is no free lunch.

  • http://www.garagetapes.com/ chuckalien

    so does a contract like this trump the law?
    for example, publishing untruths is libel, so, is it possible to sign away protection under the law?

  • Billy

    Wow! Thank God for the smart people in my life who opened my eyes to that crap that they so call a “contract”. I feel bad that people felt they had nothing else left than to sign something stating that these people basically own them. No-one owns me but me! Something so irrelevant is not worth risking what could be years of your life.

  • Alice Keymer

    The only person getting rich from this contract is Simon Fuller, the bubble will burst soonder than he thinks!

  • Pete

    People aren’t forced to buy the music these programs generate but while they do people like simon cowell will get richer, do you blame him or the buying public

  • Joel

    Wow. Simon is a genius. I had no idea.

    I can’t wait for the “behind the music” VH1 show in 10 years where all the Idol stars of today tell their story of woe, where any ambition they may still have to be a performer is crushed by this contract. Maybe someone wants them to sing the Star Spangled Banner at a ballgame someday, but they’ll have to ask 19 first (and give them at least 50% I’m sure). And no matter where in the universe they may travel, throughout the perpetuity of all time, there shall be no escape.

    Of couse there won’t be any tell all on VH1 at any time in the future, because 19 won’t allow it.

    Wow. What must it feel like to knowingly sign your life away??!!!

  • D

    And I thought Korean artists had it bad.
    It sounds like Koreans may get it slightly worse or about the same but the cd’s from their labels are at least cheaper I think.

  • http://www.gabriola-island.com Gabriola Island

    Simon is a dork. He shouldnt be aloud to take advantage of those kids like that.

  • Eric Olsen

    Interesting that this has been revived again – interesting also that no new contract information has leaked out in the last year-and-a-half. These guys run a tight ship.

  • http://www.jimerickson1.com Jim Erickson

    Kelly gets 50% Simon Fuller gets 50% That’s high for a manager, but he made her.She sold 1 million records at $14.00
    royalty rate would be around 10% so she made at least 1 million dollars.That’s not bad.5-7 year contract, 1 record a year, at least a mil per year.

  • Eric Olsen

    That’s true of course in absolute terms, but the questions are: is it fair and reasonable, would she be better off for not having signed on in the first place, and isn’t exploitation still exploitation even if the exploited is getting wealthy?

    I don’t necessarily have the answers.

  • Eric Olsen

    we welcome your comments

  • http://fando.blogs.com Natalie Davis

    Exploitation is exploitation. But it could be argued, I suspect, that for many people, being an exploited millionaire is better than being exploited and penniless.

  • http://www.rapcoalition.org Wendy Day

    Just a reminder that royalty points don’t kick in until the label and production company have recouped totally.

    Also, just a reminder that the expenses get repaid out of the ARTIST’S royalty share, so very precious few artists EVER recoup.

    This is not an industry that is conducive to artists making money from their recording contracts.

    -Wendy Day
    Rap Coalition

  • PETERD

    AND I THOUGHT ONLY OLD BLUES-MEN GOT SCREWED !!!!!

  • anna

    this reminds me of the East European prostitution, since i’m from there and I knew ppl in that “business” from both sides of it… the PIMP gets 50% too, and all costs are paid from the girls’ half of what they make… which means, those girls are taken to foreign countries, and they DO pay for rent, food, clothes, whatever, then if they get banned by police it’s them who got the trouble for 3 or 4 years.
    the same with kelly, who i’m a fan of. i’m totally shocked by this contract. now, what makes it seem better thta kelly is over her debut album, which was a success – but it was her management that picked Low as single and it flopped, though i love the song.
    I am in Europe i can’t even count how many failures and missing chances there were for kelly coz of 19, just lately – and im not even in the business.
    as for justin guarini – it was risky to have him there, after the movie flop and the dating rumors (maybe 19 started them and it went out of control?) and it is OBVIOUS that fuller didnt want to promote him – he wanted JG to flop, to get him out of the picture.
    at the end, JG got a new mgmt and record deal, he’s managed by ricky martin’s benny medina (remember j-lo) and he’s got better chances and surely a more fair contract than this.
    and, since kelly arrived in the position where she can do it, she can sue fuller whenever she want, like the aforementioned boygroups did with pearlman – she can get out of this and have a fair one – if she’d only see what this is about.
    she goes on tour with clay aiken… it seems like she’ll never be able to get away from the show and be recognized as an artist until she is under contract with 19. and i DO believe that with her voice, songwriting talent (“thankful” “you thought wrong”) and working ethics, she can make it better without fuller, and wont end like the spice girls (where lets say there was no talent at all).

  • anna

    so anyone think that “P.I.M.P.” is 50 Cent?
    No way, the original MF PIMP is Simon Fuller.

  • http://www.jimerickson1.com Jim Erickson

    Ok Kelly got the same contract as any other artist.One thing about being signed, you have to to be in the game.Her contract is no more “fair and reasonable” than any other artists.This point hasnt ever changed, you can either sign and they will exploit you (remember people, we are all sitting here talking about her)or they will just take someone else.I think a more interesting point would be that if she didnt win this contest, we would have never heard of her, since she doesnt create her own music and tour.As for Benny, I have worked with him before.I dont think Ricky Martin is doing all that well lately.Hes back trying to release another english album, since the Latin market hasnt done as well..

    “Ricky Martin (news) will deliver his first English album in a number of years.
    But the crossover phenomenon, once regarded as a slam-dunk to gain broader exposure and bigger audiences for Latin acts, is treated by labels with more caution in the face of shrinking budgets and diminished sales across the board.”

  • Dave

    “”In addition. I hereby grant to Producer the unconditional right throughout the universe in perpetuity to use, simulate or portray (and to authorize others to do so) or to refrain from using, simulating or portraying, my name, likeness (whether photographic or otherwise), voice, singing voice, personality, personal identification or personal experiences, my life story, biographical data, incidents, situations and events which heretofore occurred or hereafter occur, including without limitation the right to use, or to authorize others to use any of the foregoing in or in connection with the Series (or any episode or portion thereof) and the advertising, promoting or publicizing of the Series or any Series episode by Producer, the Network, its operations, activities or programming services and with any merchandise, tie-in, sponsor, product, or service of any kind by Producer, the Network, or any of its programming services, and in any other manner whatsoever as Producer may elect in its sole discretion. I understand that, in and in connection with the Series, I may reveal and/or relate, and other parties (including, without limitation, other contestants, the judges, Producer and the host and/or co-host of the Series) may reveal and/or relate information about me of a personal, private, intimate. surprising, defamatory, disparaging, embarrassing or unfavorable nature, that may be factual and/or fictional.””
    ________________________________________________

    No wonder Clay Aiken can’t do a damn thing about the gay rumors that Simon Cowell started about him. Is this contract for real? It can’t be forever, that has to be against the law. I hope Clay writes a tell all book someday.