Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez will receive the lowest pay-out in the history of the show.
While in the past, runners-up have received a guaranteed advance of at least $175,000 and a full album deal, Sanchez will net only $60,000 at most for advance sin singles or EP records.
The problem for Sanchez is that she is now tied into the Idol deal and cannot be signed by other record labels who may offer her a better deal.
Winner Phillip Phillips will receive a $300,000 advance upon the completion of his first album.
Source: Digital Spy