American Idol alum get between $5K and $500K+ for appearances

Former American Idol contestants can get anywhere from $5,000 to more than $500,000 for a single appearance.

MJ’s Big Blog unearthed Degy Booking International’s spring 2011 PDF of booking fees for musical acts, and some of those are alumni from the Fox series.

The rates may change or be intentionally inflated (especially on a public list like this) and/or negotiable, and range from the $5,000 to $10,000 that Carly Smithson’s We Are the Fallen gets to the $350,000 to $500,000+ that Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood receive.

Most surprising: Danny Gokey gets $30,000 per appearance, and Clay Aiken still gets $85-100,000, more than Adam Lambert’s $40,000 to $50,000.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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