The Season 7 Top 50 Idol contestants were whittled down to the Top 24 this past Tuesday in Pasadena. The names of the contestants who made the Top 24 leaked shortly thereafter. Contestant Shaun Barrows was rumored to have not made the cut. VoteForTheWorst is reporting that Shaun has confirmed being cut from the competition via his myspace.
Hey, he’s not supposed to do that, is he? From what I understand, the Hollywood contestants are not only vetted within an inch of their lives, but they also sign very stiff non-disclosure agreements that do not allow them to reveal any Idol secrets for a period of time.
Here’s is Shaun’s message:
Well, I made it to the top 48 and got cut. They’re not looking for a whole lot of variety this year, as all the contestants who made it through are either rockers or 16 and the type they can mold into whatever they want. But I caught a glimpse at the contract the top 24 has to sign, and i’m glad i didn’t have to sign it. If I made it to the top 24, they would own me for 3 years no matter how far i made it, and if I had won, they would make big changes to my music. I got a pretty good feel for what they’re looking for, and they don’t want artists who already have an established sound–all my favorite contestants who I thought were great songwriters with a unique artisticsound were also cut today. I’m once again in full control of my music career, and I’m very relieved I’m out.
So it was a great experience and I got what I needed out of it. Now, it’s on to Celine Dion or whatever else comes my way. I’ll be releasing this new album soon, probably in March, and will hit the road again to tour soon after. Thanks for the support and I hope to see you all soon!
Rockers and 16 year olds? I’m down with the rockers. But the 16 year olds? Not so much.