American Idol Execs Block Former Contestant's Album

October 30, 2008 By:
American Idol Execs Block Former Contestant's Album

Remember that slightly annoying kid Josiah Leming from American Idol last year? He's the one who was living out of his car at the time of his audition, but was later cut when the judges whittled the group from 24 to 10.

Josiah has plans to release an album in the next couple of months, but is facing legal action from Idol bosses because it's with a rival label to Sony/BMG, which is the only label contestants are permitted to work with.

Josiah has struck a deal with Warner Records and has every intention of following through with the deal.

Leming's representative tells Page Six, "Josiah was the only Idol contestant ever to get a record deal who didn't make the top 24, and one of only four contestants to get a deal this year. He has personal reasons for getting his music out, threat or not.

"His mother has terminal cancer, and nothing is going to stop him from getting his music out while she is alive to share it. His album on Warner Records will be released in late January '09."

We agree. Josiah should be able to release an album with whomever he wants. If he was part of the top ten, we'd understand. But he didn't get his chance on the show, so why should Idol try and manage his career now?