Not only are American Idol’s ratings at an all-time low, but the payout for runner-up Jessica Sanchez to record her own music may be much lower than what previous years’ second-placers have received.

According to the The Washington Post, a closer look at this year’s Idol contracts revealed that for the first time, Idol’s runner-up might not receive a guaranteed $175,000 advance to record an album. Reportedly, the record company involved in Idol finalists’ recordings — 19 Recordings Inc. — has the option to have Jessica record four singles and make $30,000, or to record between four and ten singles for an EP, giving her $60,000. They could still greenlight a full album, which would give her the same $175,000 deal Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina received, but nothing in the contract guarantees the company has to produce a full album for her.

Meanwhile, Idol winner Phillip Phillips will receive the same deal that Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery earned: $300,000 for the first album, and the chance at an $800,000 six-album deal as well.

Tough break for Jessica! With a voice like hers, they’d be crazy not to sign on for a full album.

Source: The Washington Post



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