Mario gets a recording contract; Idol rumored to be dropping J Records

Mario Vasquez, who quit in the middle of American Idol 4, has signed a record contract with J Records.

The personal reasons excuse Mario stuck to had nothing to do with his sexual orientation or his being forced off the show, both of which were rumored. Instead, FOX 411 reports that Mario was “convinced by his lawyer — the same lawyer who represented Clay Aiken — to leave the show rather than stay and sign a management contract with the ‘Idol’ producers.”

Now, he “has signed a lucrative deal with legendary record executive Clive Davis and Davis’ J Records,” and Mario “will be managed by another legend, Arnold Steifel,” Roger Friedman reports. Laughably, Friedman also notes that “[i]f Vazquez had stayed on ‘American Idol’ and won — which he likely would have done — he would have wound up on J Records anyway.”

Mario likely would have won? Only on the planet where Anthony Federov’s singing doesn’t cause seizures and where time travelers prevented Carrie, Bo, Vonzell, and Constantine’s parents from ever meeting.

‘Idol’ Defector Mario Gets Big Deal [FOX 411]

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