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An American Idol Winner Is Trying To Get Out Of An Onerous Reality TV Contract


Reality TV contracts are notoriously onerous but it is very rare for these the conditions outlined in these contracts to ever be tested. Phillip Phillips, an American Idol winner is going to test them as he is trying to get out of his contract with 19 Entertainment aka Simon Fuller. He is saying the contract is “oppressive and fatally conflicted”.

Reality TV wannabees have little bargaining power so sign to get on the show. To be fair for the majority of reality TV contestants the contracts have end up having little or no impact but in Phillip’s case he is saying that 19 Entertainment have   forced him to perform for free for one of Idol sponsors and not even knowing the title of his last album before it was announced publicly.

Unfortunately the case won’t be testing how conscionable some of the contract terms in reality TV contracts are but will be running it under the Talent Agencies Act which states licensed talent agents can procure employment for clients.

The Hollywood Reporter states:

Before Idol viewers voted him the winner that year, Phillips signed a series of contracts governing his management, merchandising, recording and publishing. The deals are quite favorable to 19 Entertainment, a company founded by Simon Fuller that also produces other shows such as So You Think You Can Dance. For example, according to the complaint, when Phillips does endorsements, 19 gets as much as a 40 percent cut.

Nevertheless, Phillips tells the California Labor Commissioner that 19 has a fiduciary duty to him, and that the company has breached such duty by compelling him to take jobs that are of benefit to the company and its affiliates rather than to him.

Similarly, Phillips says he performed at a corporate event for an insurance company — only it was labeled an endorsement deal. Raising a problem with this gig, he says 19 took the position that it was subject to the Merchandise Agreement, with a 40 percent commission. Phillips argues, “If Respondent was truly putting Petitioner’s best interest above their interests, Respondent should have taken the position that the performances should be commissioned at the 20% commission rate provided for in the Management Agreement.”

The petition also chronicles other indignities that Phillips has faced in the past couple of years. He says that 19 lined up a producer for his first two albums that compromised his interests. He says 19 lied to him, saying that the producer wouldn’t receive greater mechanical royalty rates than he would. He adds that 19 has repeatedly withheld information regarding his career, including the title of his Behind the Light album released last year.

January 29, 2015   9 Comments

Wanting Something To Watch? New Shows Starting In January

It is a quiet time on the television front and in fact I have been taking a break from the box, which I am sure you can tell, but in the next few weeks, prior to ratings starting, there are some shows starting that will be worth looking at.

American Idol Season 14 starts on ELEVEN on Thursday January 8 7.30pm and Friday 7.30pm.

Ryan Seacrest as host is back with Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr who was fantastic in his first season on the show. Also there is a new face replacing Randy Jackson as mentor, it is Big Machine Records president and CEO Scott Borchetta.

The series kicks off with auditions in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Friday they are in New Orleans.

Top Chef Season 12 starts on Arena Thursday 8 January at 9.30pm

This is one of my favourites and this season the series is set in Boston. Padma Lakshmi as host along with Tom Collichio. Richard Blais is joining the judging panel, fans of the show will know he competed on it a number of times. Chefs battle it out for the title of Top Chef as well as cash and other prizes. The quality of the cooking is high and the one hour episodes are fast and furious. Recommended watching if you like food shows.

Celebrity Apprentice starts on Arena on Monday 12 January at 8.30pm

Donald Trump is back with a new batch of celebrities and they include: two-time World Series champion Johnny Damon; actor and comedian Gilbert GottfriedSig Hansen, the star of “Deadliest Catch” and Captain of the Northwestern; Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum musician Kevin Jonas; Golden Globe-nominated actor Lorenzo Lamas; NFL great Terrell Owens; award-winning journalist, author, and talk show host Geraldo Rivera; and television and movie actor Ian Ziering.

The line-up of women include Gold Medal Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson; movie star Vivica A. Fox; best-selling author and television icon Leeza Gibbons; reality star and best-selling author Brandi Glanville; TV personality, author, and mother of eight, Kate Gosselin; world-class gymnast and gold medal Olympian Shawn JohnsonKenya Moore, former Miss USA and star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”; and television icon Keshia Knight Pulliam.

Yes I know I have not really heard of many of them either.

The Great British Bake Off on LIFESTYLE FOOD starts on Thursday 8 January at 8.3opm.

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry are back in series 5 the UK version of The Great British Bake Off. It is a elimination reality show all to do about baking. Each episodes consists of three rounds with one person eliminated each episode.

Dance Mom’s Season 5 starts on Lifestyle You on Monday 12 January at 7.30pm

Abby-Lee Miller  and her dance troop are being fast tracked from the US. This is my daughter’s favourite show so she will be thrilled it is back on. Also the show is rating very well for Lifestyle You and Season 4 has been getting high rotation of episodes as well as Abbey Lee’s Ultimate Dance Competition and Abbey Lee’s Studio Rescue. People are going to be over her soon.

Flea Market Flip on LIFESTYLE HOME starting on Thursday 8 January at 9.30pm.

This show is a bit like Bargain Hunt but with a difference. Two teams compete against each other to see who can buy objects from flea markets and flip it for the most profit. The teams start off with $500.

Bar Rescue Starts on A&E on Wednesday 21 January at 8.30pm.

Jon Taffer is the Gordon Ramsay of the bar and nightclub business. In each episode of this series, Taffer helps transform a struggling bar into a vibrant, profitable business, utilizing his expertise as a nightlife consultant. I have seen a few episodes and each one I have enjoyed.

BBQ Crawl Season 1 starts A&E on Saturday 10 January at 4.30pm

This looks like a cooking and travel show rolled into one. If you are into dude food you might like this even though it looks like it aired in the US in 2013! BBQ Crawl sees Danielle Dimovski, a barbecue champion from Canada take a road trip through the Southern U.S. to reveal America’s grilling roots. Along the way, she aims to win a few titles on the barbecue circuit and stops at every fiery-food joint to experience the best finger-lickin’ chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.

Leeann and Eddie starts on Arena TV on Wednesday 7 January at 9.30pm.

Leeann Rimes now has a reality show with her husband Eddie. This is pretty niche and won’t rate highly but the twist here is Eddie used to be married and had two kids with Brandi Glanville and they all hate each other so it will be interesting to see if this is talked about onscreen. Also Eddie did not give permission for the children to appear on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills which Brandi stars in so ti will also be interesting to see if they make an appearance on this one.

My Strange Addiction start on January  8 on Lifestyle You at 9pm.

Yep this show is what the title says, people with strange addictions and what not talking cigarette smoking. In the latest series there is a person who eats eye shadow. The show is only recommended for people with strong stomachs.

I have probably missed a few television shows. But would love to know what you have been watching over the summer break. Any television show recommendations?


January 6, 2015   43 Comments

Australia’s Only Contestant On American Idol Has Unexpectedly Died

In very sad news Michael Johns an Australian who made the top ten on American Idol in 2008 has suddenly died in his home in Los Angeles.

Media reports are saying it was from a blood clot from a twisted ankle so very random indeed.

Michael was a favourite of mine when he was on Idol he was good looking, had a personality and could sing. He is survived by his wife Stacey who he married in 2007.

August 3, 2014   5 Comments

American Idol – It Was All About Harry

The name on everybodies lips last night after American Idol was Harry Connick Jr. He was the stand out judge. Not only was he witty, funny, intelligent and he also was not afraid to give some tough love to some of the more dodgier contestants.

If the other judges, Keith Urban and JLo were wondering why he was getting so much air time it was because he was worth it. One of his funnier monologues was when he was saying that all the contestants just looked at JLo and probably wondered who the hell he was.

He also told a 15 year old Morgan Deplitch she should not be singing lyrics to a song “Paris (Ooh La La)” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals as it “creeped him out”. Keith and JLo thought the lines ” If I was a man I’d make my move (Oooh. Oooh)
If I was a blade I’d shave you smooth.” were fine for a 15 year old to sing. In fact the song sounded far better when cheerleader complete with cheerleading uniform sang it. By the way she was probably told to wear the outfit by the producers. Harry was again funny when he told her no but she got through anyway and three of her cheerleading friends bounced into the room. He exclaimed “I just turned down four cheerleaders, if I had known there were three others out there…”.

He also told a contestant  “You are growing up in a time of pitch-correcting software, and you could really use it.”

Anyone who ever saw his mentor turn on Australian Idol many years ago would know he was going to be good. In fact what took them so long to get him on a US reality talent show?

It was a two hour episode to kick off the new season with auditions in Boston and Austin. It was a very enjoyable start to the new season. There appeared to be few sob stories and when they were they were relevant. I note Kaitlyn Jackson’s who at only 15 years of age wrote an amazing song about her grandfather. She seems a sure thing for the live shows as Harry said it will be interesting to see her each week.

There were also few joke contestants with Sam Atherton whose ego was five times that of his talent. He sang an original called “Love Does Not Last Forever” which JLo acknowledged that was true. It was abysmal and he went off in a huff.

What did you think of the new season of Idol? Which of the contestants did you think were the stand outs?

January 17, 2014   19 Comments

American Idol Starts On Thursday Night

Amercian Idol is being fast tracked from the US to be aired on ELEVEN at 7.30pm Thursday night.

This year there are a few changes. Randy Jackson is now a mentor. While Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr will be the judging panel.

There are some other changes to arrest falling ratings.

The Wrap reports the changes are:

Aside from learning how much the new judges’ relationships differ from last year’s feuding Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj (“We share the same heart,” said Urban), executive producer Trish Kinane addressed the “small changes” coming up.

“We studied the show from the talent search to the finale,” adding that the result is “really refreshing.”

At the top of the list of changes: former judge Randy Jackson’s new role as mentor. ”I think we’re really happy to have these judges,” the producer said. “And there was something else for Randy.”

A new round has been added that will represent a two-day workshop between the contenders and Jackson. Other new rounds announced on Monday include, “Hollywood or Home” week in which contestants who believe their audition was good enough to get them to Hollywood will be considered one more time. Some will have to perform again, others will just be sent home.

Finally, there’s “Rush Week,” a three-night event in which the Top 15 men and women perform live for the first time for America’s vote, which will reduce the contestants down to the Top 13 finalists.

In addition, the show has added “The Chamber,” which captures the moments before contenders walk into their auditions. The show has also expanded the pre-cleared song list, and revamped theme weeks to be more reflective of how a song speaks to the performer

 American Idol on ELEVEN Thursday nights at 7.30pm.

January 15, 2014   Comments Off on American Idol Starts On Thursday Night