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American Idol – A Good Investment?

It’s no secret that I am not a fan of American Idol. The only season of American Idol that I actually watched, because it was ‘strongly recommended’ by my boss, was the one in which I repeatedly (and excessively) voted for Sanjaya (thank you www.votefortheworst.com!) Don’t get me wrong, I think that the concept of going from a ‘Nobody’ to a ‘Somebody’ is appealing (as are most ‘rags-to-riches’ stories), but I’m just the kind of guy that focuses my attention on other things. With that being said, I found an article dealing with the cost of being a contestant on American Idol to be quite interesting.

In my short-lived relationship with American Idol, I never put any thought into what the average contestant must endure while competing on the program:  travel expenses, meals, lodging, wardrobe (each contestant gets $450 per week to go shopping with a fashion consultant), etc.  I loved what Jay MacDonald (no relation to Paul McDonald, American Idol contestant), contributor to Bankrate.com, wrote about what it can cost to compete.

Photo of Paul McDonald at Paleyfest 2011
(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Oh, and btw, vote for Paul McDonald. I think he is horrendous.

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