It will not be wrong to say that American Idol is an inspiration for the majority of singing shows that are broadcast on network television today.

It is one of the longest-running and most-watched singing competition television programs ever, with over 21 seasons. However, there is a lot that viewers miss. From auditions to preparing for weekly competitions, there are crazy rules that contestants must adhere to throughout the competition.

It is also true that the winners of this competition show have gained significant fame since its debut season. For instance, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are two of American Idol‘s top winners. But the program has also helped non-winners like Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, and Todrick Hall launch successful careers.

American Idol
American Idol

Well, the fans and viewers won’t feel less than shocked to learn how many rules the competitors in this singing competition must follow. Believe us, many of them are also completely bizarre.  

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The American Idol Contestants Are Required To Reveal Confidential Criminal Records

While some of these rules are reasonable, others are just absolutely insane and bizarre.

Like many other talent competition shows, American Idol has a strict set of requirements that contestants must meet in order to participate in the competition. For instance, this competition has age restrictions. 

The age range for contestants to audition and compete is 15 to 29. Participants under the age of 18 must bring a parent or legal guardian with them to the audition. All contestants must also reside in the United States legally and have work authorization.

Also, contestants must inform the producers of American Idol in advance of any criminal record they may have.

American Idol
American Idol

Even if a contestant has a criminal record, they might still be allowed to compete because minor offenses might be overlooked. However, participation is entirely prohibited for those with a history of violent crimes. Additionally, those who fail to disclose their criminal histories to producers will be disqualified.

The American Idol judges are strict about this rule. For instance, Corey Clark from the ninth season and Jaered Andrews from the second season were both disqualified due to their criminal records.  

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Is Every American Idol Winner Happy With The Rules?

The American Idol winner is required to sign a record deal and agree to participate in a national tour. Near the end of the season, finalists and winners are also required to perform live to encourage voting and promote the final episodes of the show.

This can result in the winner being forced to sign a deal that is not very advantageous to them because the contracts are negotiated long before the grand finale. For instance, Phillip Phillips, the winner of season 11, has openly discussed how his contract was “manipulative”.

In fact, after winning American Idol, Phillips signed a contract with the production company, 19 Entertainment. But in 2015, he sued them for forcing him to perform multiple concerts for free and for giving him little creative control over his music.

Phillip Phillips
Phillip Phillips, Winner of the 11th season of American Idol

He even claimed that when he recorded his first two albums, the production and management company “compromised his interests” by hiring a producer. Ultimately, the singer has since made an effort to discourage young performers from participating in the show.

Thus, while many of the rules that American Idol contestants must meet to participate in the show make sense, but  there are some that are just downright odd. 

All seasons of American Idol can be streamed on Hulu.

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Source- US Weekly

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