Future American Idol contestants might want to lawyer up — or at least read the fine print — before putting their John Hancocks on any papers.
British comedian Chris Cox tweeted a photo of what he claims is the contract all Idol contestants must sign, amazed that it allows for public shaming.
And sure enough, he had his hands on the real deal, since the same document appears on the official site. It's a long read, but here's a condensed version of the clause in question:
"I understand that I may reveal, and other parties may reveal, information about me that is of a personal, private, embarrassing or unfavorable nature, which information may be factual and/or fictional. I further understand that my appearance, depiction and/or portrayal in the Program may be disparaging, defamatory, embarrassing … I acknowledge and agree that Producer shall have the right to … broadcast and otherwise exploit … such information and appearances, depictions or portrayals in any manner whatsoever … throughout the universe in perpetuity."
So basically, if you're a contestant, anyone involved with the show can say whatever they want about you, and there's nothing you can do to stop them from broadcasting it "throughout the universe." (What price fame, huh?)
We would argue that the Idol producers have hardly ever crossed the line. The only exception we can think of is the time they exposed Season 11 contestant Jermaine Jones' outstanding arrest warrants and disqualified him on air, which had to have been mortifying.
What do you think, Idol fans? Would you sign on the dotted line anyway? Let us know below!
Source: Chris Cox on Twitter, AmericanIdol.com