'American Idol' may derail Pia Toscano record deal
While American Idol fans are begging producers to bring back last week's victim, Pia Toscano, who reportedly got a contract with Interscope Records right away, it sounds like the show's creators may end up preventing the singer from releasing a single, let alone find a way to put her back on the air.
PopEater's Rob Shuter says Pia, who was voted off by viewers last week, is under contract with 19 Entertainment, which rules the contestants careers with an iron fist. "Not only does Idol own you for the entire show and live tour that follows, it also controls everything you can do professionally for a long period after that, a source says.
The Interscope deal is just a rumor for now, but seems entirely possible for a girl who has been so popular, fans are even lobbying to get Stefano Langone kicked off to let her return, TMZ reports. But that devoted fan base may be working to her detriment, because Idol has to give the okay for any music to be released.
"No way do the producers want a contestant who was kicked off having a hit record when the winner hasn't even been announced yet," another show source tells Shuter. "The first hit song has always been from the winner and this year will be no different." Indeed, it would be strange for contestants being voted off to have hit singles before the big winner is announced.
"This is about protecting the brand, not about protecting Pia," the source adds. "She can record as many songs as she wants, but Idol will refuse to allow them to be released for now until the show is over." Besides, we all know whoever wins will fade away within six months, anyway.