Idol semi-finalist imprisoning himself to illustrate the show’s restrictive contract, promote his album

American Idol 10 semi-finalist Tim Halperin will lock himself in a fake jail cell for the final 28 hours of the restriction placed on him by the show’s contract that prevented him from releasing music.

A press release hilariously declares that Tim “has been sentenced to prison — American Idol prison” because “of the contract restrictions placed on Halperin from his time as a top 24 semi-finalist on Season 10 of American Idol,” although it notes the actual imprisonment is a “voluntary prison sentence.” (Of course, so is the show’s contract.)

The stunt will take place in Dallas Monday and Tuesday and stream live online; Tim’s blog has details about the location, and on it, he wrote,

“The reality of this contract is that it has felt like being in prison because I haven’t been able to do what I love most: share my music with others. I’ve been sitting on this album for several months. So I’m finally going to be set free from American Idol jail at the end of this month, which happens to correspond with the release of my debut full-length CD ‘Rise and Fall’ on iTunes on September 27th.”

Yes, what an amazing coincidence.

Tim is doing something slightly more selfless, raising money for Kidd’s Kids, radio personality Kidd Kraddick’s charity that helps “terminally and chronically ill children.” Sales of his first single will also benefit the charity. There’s a video preview of the songs on his album, and they’re not bad at all.

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