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.
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?