The exception is the judges’ chair set to be occupied by pop star Katy Perry, who will earn million for the coming season — making her one of the highest paid people on television.
Neither of the two judges yet to be cast — Lionel Richie is said to be in advanced talks — is expected to make nearly as much as Perry.
ABC also has yet to close a deal with Ryan Seacrest, with the sticking point believed to be an executive producer credit being ought by the longtime host. ” Seacrest told last week when asked if he would return as “Idol” host. “That is one of the things I’m looking at, just on my globe, just what time the show ends and what time I start the next day in New York,” Seacrest said.
“I think it’s doable.” Most of the show’s on-camera roles remain unfilled.
Changes were planned for season 7 designed to return attention to the contestants by providing more information on their backgrounds and families.American Idol 9 Contestants: Aaron Kelly, Andrew Garcia, Casey James, Crystal Bowersox, Didi Benami, Katie Stevens, Lacey Brown, Lee De Wyze, Michael Lynche, Paige Miles, Siobhan Magnus, Tim Urban American Idol 8 Contestants: Alexis Grace, Michael Sarver, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Lil Rounds, Scott Macintyre, Jorge Nunez, Megan Corkrey, Jasmine Murray, Matt Giraud, Anoop Desai.American Idol 7 Contestants: Amanda Overmyer, Brooke White, Carly Smithson, Chikezie, David Archuleta, David Cook, David Hernandez, Jason Castro, Kristy Lee Cook, Michael Johns, Ramiele Malubay, Syesha Mercado.The season finale also moved from the Kodak Theatre to the larger Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles."American Idol" alum Haley Reinhart's pal -- who was choked out by bouncers at a bar in Illinois -- is now putting the squeeze on them ... Alan Chislof just filed a lawsuit against the Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grille and one of its bouncers, Adam Sobanski, for the July beatdown that left him with what he says are permanent injuries. Alan claims he was choked so badly by Adam and other security that night, he suffered a concussion, a facial laceration near his right temple, a bad cut above his left eye, facial bruising and hematoma.American Idol 11 Contestants: Colton Dixon, De Andre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jeremy Rosado, Jermaine Jones, Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips, Shannon Magrane, Skylar Laine.