Check out the ” No Messing Around With The Judges” Clause in the Idol Contract.
Just looking at TMZ and they say they have obtained a copy of the contract contestants must sign in order to do the show. The most important clause is the one that says there can be no “relationships” between them and Ryan, Simon, Ellen, Kara or Simon. The contract says “Neither I nor any members of my family or my friends will enter into any personal, social, business, and or financial relationships with any of the judges, host(s), guest stars …” The prohibition runs for the duration of the show and 6 months thereafter. And as far as how much they get paid it goes like this: The winner gets $175,000 when they starts recording … and another $175,000 when that person “delivers” the first album. If the winner gets a second album, they gets anywhere between $275,000 and $550,000 depending on the success of the album. As for a third album — anywhere between $325,000 and 650,000. Fourth album? Well its anywhere between $375,000 – $750,000. As for a fifth — $450,000 – $900,000. And a six album gets the winner between $500,000 and a cool $1 mil.