Idol has its claws in David Archuleta

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 4th 2008 4:26PM
david archuletaDavid Archuleta is American Idol's bitch. Like the other contestants, he signed an incredibly restrictive contract. All of his public appearances and performances are closely monitored and approved by AI managers.

That became painfully clear for Archuleta and his rabid fans in Salt Lake City this week when the runner-up was forced to cancel a 'Thank You' concert. It was to be this Friday night and the proceeds were to go to charity. But American Idol nixed the whole thing because of Archuleta's "contractual obligations" to the show. It was an Idol-sanctioned event. Plus, Archuleta is scheduled to begin touring with his co-contestants on Saturday.

American Idol has a notorious contract. Clay Aiken was able to get out of his, but only with the help of a tough attorney. And remember Mario Vazquez? He was Top 12, but then quit the show reportedly because of the contract that, among other things, wouldn't let him sign any deals until at least three months after the winner was crowned.

A few years ago, a writer at Salon.com reviewed the first season contract and concluded it was so restrictive that the contestants' careers were "literally not their own."

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Anet

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June 29 2008 at 3:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gingerly

It's not American Idol who won't let him do the thank you concert. It's the booking agent. As long as the 2nd Idol show isn't sold out, they aren't going to allow him to have a concert in the same venue for $1. It's part of standard contracts when you book a venue.

June 05 2008 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MKS

The fact that Clay Aiken got out of his contract is the reason AI hates him now. They cannot stand the fact that someone got out of their contract. Clay had all kinds of offers after AI. but AI kept the info from him and THAT is how he was able to break it. Good for him.

June 05 2008 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

You reap what you sow.

If Archuleta didn't want to be beholden to American Idol, he should not have been on the show in the first place.

June 05 2008 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KH

Too bad for all of the Utah fans. I couldn't attend because of the distance, but I am proud of Archie for trying. I think he's got the right attitude to go very far in the business after he finishes with obligations to Idol.

June 05 2008 at 6:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

Agree with Bash -- if you don't have some sort of clue as to what you're getting yourself into by being on American Idol, you deserve to get screwed.

This reminds me of some of the contestants on other reality shows like those house cleaning or wardrobe changing shows. Five minutes after being on the show they're rebelling against the rules -- they don't want to give up their favorite jeans or that 'beautiful' (read ugly) table lamp. Come on. They've seen the show. We all know what happens. What makes them think their experience was going to be any different?

June 05 2008 at 6:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Simon Says

2008 American Idol Songwriting Contest
The following is a quote from USAToday.com
http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2008-05-20-idol-songwriter_N.htm
"The song was among "tens of thousands" submitted and combed through by 19 Entertainment's more than 60 Artists & Repertoire staffers, who winnowed the list to a manageable pile before Idol creator Simon Fuller and his team pruned to 20 semifinalists, says Jeff King, 19's U.S. head of digital entertainment." End quote.

So if 60 different people were choosing ...then how did we end up with so many people with ties to A.I.?

1. 2008 American Idol Songwriting Top 20 Finalist (Andy Zulla) is an engineer on Clay Aiken, Kelly Clarkson, Diana DeGarmo CD's.

http://music.msn..com/album/?album=48916207

http://music.msn..com/album/?album=29457472

http://music.msn..com/album/?album=40445061


2. 2008 American Idol Songwriting Top 20 Finalist (Wendy Wagner) is a backup singer on the new Clay Aiken CD.
http://music.msn.com/album/?album=55098458&menu=credits&ipp=100



3. 2008 American Idol Songwriting Top 20 Finalist (Ryan Gillmor) wrote the song "Hey" which is the theme song for Fox Television's show "Unhitched".
http://www.thedailychorus.com/index.php?subaction=showcomments&id=1208104726&archive=&start_from=&ucat=1&



4. 2008 American Idol Songwriting Top 20 Finalist (Dan Yessian) wrote jingles for Ford Motors.
http://www.detroitnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080418/ENT04/804180372



5. 2008 American Idol Songwriting Top 20 Finalist (Luke Ebbin) is a producer on Austalian Idol 1st place runner-up Shannon Noll's CD.

http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,4418575,00.html



6. 2008 American Idol Songwriting Top 20 Winner (Regie Hamm) is a co-writer on the new Clay Aiken CD.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_My_Way_Here

7. 2008 American Idol Songwriting Top 20 Winner (Regie Hamm) is a co-writer and personal friend of 2007 American Idol Songwriting Winner Scott Krippayne.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/music/artists/scottkrippayne.html







False Advertising Or Bald Face Lie? You Decide
I'm posting this May 30, 2008, 9 days after the American Idol Grand Finale.

I watched American Idol both nights of the grand finale waiting for the announcement of the winners name of the 2008 American Idol Songwriting Competition....and I'm still waiting.

http://www.americanidol.com/


The following quote is from the only link American Idol.com has concerning the songwriting contest. (It's under the Show Guide Link....American Idol Songwriter) "The Nation Has Decided"

"Who Has Won? Tune in to the American Idol Finale on May 20th and 21st 2008 to find out." End quote.

http://www.americanidol.com/

http://songwriter.americanidol.com/



Like I said....I watched. And here's the only thing said about the winner. Ryan Seacrest......"Ladies and gentlemen singing the winning song of this years competition...Time Of My Life..this..is..your American Idol David Cook, Goodnight. End quote.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhN1T3pmuIo

(5 minutes 10 seconds into video)



9 days later American Idol has yet to name the winner. It's not in the American Idol news section, not on the American Idol homepage..............Nothing.

June 04 2008 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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doug

Enough of this crap. Nobody cares. No one even cared when the show was airing.

June 04 2008 at 9:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul

The absolute hardest thing for an entertainer to do is build a fanbase. American Idol has the best platform for doing that. It is a big trade-off. You can run your own career and spend a decade doing what AI can do, or you can take their deal. There are risks in life. Archie is my fav, and I hate that he had to cancel his contract. But, you have to take the good with the bad.

June 04 2008 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

"They seem consider Daughtry the winner of Season 5"

As do a lot of people as they should. But kudos to Hicks for trying to change the contract. That took guts.

June 04 2008 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tracy

Who is complaining? Its just stating a fact I think. Also, I heard Taylor Hicks tried to rally the contestants in Season 5 to not sign and have the contract re-done because it was so restrictive. The contestants did not join him in his "rebellion". In return AI gave him very little support for his career once he ended up winning and they continue to pretend that he didn't win (they seem consider Daughtry the winner of Season 5). The AI machine does not like hell raisers of any type. The two Davids would do well to smile and play the game until their careers get off the ground. Unfortunately Taylor showed his cards too early and he is paying for it now.

June 04 2008 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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