April 04, 2007 11:08 PM by Joe Blackmon
Are you the next big songwriter and think you have what it takes to
make your mark in music history? Just when you thought you’ve seen
everything, the AMERICAN IDOL juggernaut begins its search for the best
songwriter in America. Show creator and executive producer, Simon
Fuller announced today the American Idol Songwriter competition, giving
Idol fans their first chance to write the next American Idol’s hit
single. Additional details and online submissions, which opened on
Wednesday, April 4th 2007, can be found at http://www.americanidol.com.
Fuller and his 19 Entertainment A&R staff will select the initial Top 20 songs from all the entries. Beginning May 2, fans will then be able to go online, listen to and vote for their favorite songs. The song chosen by the nation will then be performed live in front of millions of viewers on the season’s finale. But that is only the beginning, as the song will be recorded and released by this year’s American Idol. The winning songwriter will receive a music publishing deal with 19 Entertainment; a cash advance on royalties; and the thrill of watching their song belted out by AMERICAN IDOL finalists on the show’s final episodes.
"American Idol has been the vehicle for discovering so many great new artists over the years and now, with the launch of American Idol Songwriter, we are searching for great songwriting talent,” stated Simon Fuller. “Having an undiscovered songwriter create the winner’s single seemed like a natural next step for our show. Not only do the fans pick their American Idol, but also his or her first single. This show has always been, and will continue to be, all about fulfilling dreams."