Damien Leith short-changed by Idol?

Damien Leith short-changed by Idol?

Posted September 19th, 2009 by debritz

If Australian Idol isn't already destined to sink like Big Brother after poor ratings this year, this story might help push it over the edge. Damien Leith claims he didn't get a cent from the 2006 Idol album, The Winner's Journey, despite the fact that many people bought it to help give his career a boost. Apparently the fine print in the Idol contract meant all the royalties to the contestants' performances on the show belong to the producers. Presumably the producers will have a comeback, but since so many Idol finalists (and one or two of the winners) are never going to have a longterm career in music, the whole thing seems sordid, churlish and money-grabbing.