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19 Group “American Idol” Contestant Agreement
The following are excerpts from a 14-page contract for "American Idol" contestants.
This contract, with producer Simon Fuller’s 19 Group and affiliated companies, was
presented to a prospective contestant on a take-it-or-leave-it basis who was given a
few hours to sign or decline.1
1. I hereby consent to Producer's filming, taping and/or recording of me for use in and
in connection with the Series ... 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.
... 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 ...
... I understand that, in and in connection with the Series, I may reveal and/or relate,
and other parties ... 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.
[Producer’s recordings of any and all behavior of the contestant "in and in connection with the
series" and the contestant's likeness, voice and any or all biographical material may be exploited
by 19 Group forever and "throughout the universe."]
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 Net