March 23, 2008 05:43 PM by Joe Reality
On Tuesday night, American Idol 7 finalists Brooke White, Carly Smithson, Chikezie, David Archuleta, David Cook, Jason Castro, Kristy Lee Cook, Michael Johns, Ramiele Malubay and Syesha Mercado will battle it out in hopes of eventually securing something that one American Idol 7 contestant apparently already has. According to Knoxnews.com, former American Idol 7 contestant Josiah Leming has signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records.
As Reality TV Magazine readers might remember, when Josiah Leming didn’t make the top twenty-four semifinalists on American Idol 7, we reported on the massive outcry on the American Idol message boards. We also called it, “perhaps the most controversial top 24 cut in the history of American Idol.”
Even though Josiah Leming’s American Idol journey came to an end that night, his career started to take off. The Ellen DeGeneres Show invited Josiah to be a guest, MTV News did a profile article on him, and over 38,000 people became his friend on MySpace.
It should be noted that Josiah Leming’s official MySpace page still lists his record label as “up for negotiation.” However, back in February, Josiah posted to his MySpace that he would be meeting with many major record labels in March. Recent online rumors had suggested that Josiah was close to a deal with Warner Brothers, but Knoxnews.com appears to be the first official report of a deal. Knoxnews.com is the official website of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Knoxville, Tennessee is the closest major city to Josiah’s hometown of Morristown, Tennessee.
After the outcry over Josiah Leming not making the American Idol 7 top twenty-four, American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe was asked about Josiah’s future plans. Lythgoe responded, “I honestly don’t know. I’m afraid when they leave us, contestants leave us. Otherwise, I’d be worrying about 100,000 contestants every year. So it is a question of good luck with your career, and we’ll see you again.”
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