Shirley Halperin of The Hollywood Reporter reveals some recently made management decisions for American Idol Season10 Idols:
It was announced back in March that Simon Fuller, now heading his own XIX Entertainment, would personally watch over this year’s winner and runner-up. That remains the case, but THR has learned that season 10 victor Scotty McCreey has been assigned to 19 Entertainment’s Ann Edelblute, who manages Carrie Underwood, while Lauren Alaina is aligned with 19’s Michelle Young, who handles management duties for David Cook.
Shirley edited her story slightly:
It was announced back in March that Simon Fuller, now heading his own XIX Entertainment, would personally watch over this year’s winner and runner-up. That remains the case, but THR has learned that season 10 victor Scotty McCreey and runner-up Lauren Alaina have been assigned to Ann Edelblute, who manages Carrie Underwood at XIX. Alaina’s day-to-day responsibilities will be handled by Michelle Young, who manages David Cook along with 19 Entertainment’s Iain Pirie.
Meanwhile, contestants who placed anywhere between third and 11th are automatically spooled into a co-management option with Red Light Management, the Charlottesville-based company that looks over the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Tim McGraw, Phish and Alanis Morissette, among dozens of rock, pop, country and roots acts. So far, the three Season 10 Idols picked up by Red Light are second runner-up Haley Reinhart, fourth placer James Durbin and Pia Toscano, who went out ninth and is rumored to have already signed a recording contract with Interscope Records (the label will not comment).
Am I understanding this right? Haley, James and Pia have management contracts with 19? And does that mean they will eventually sign a label deal with UMG/19? (My guess is yes. 19 doesn’t normally sign Idols to management deals without also signing them to a recording deal.)