American Idol contestant sued by producers

Josiah Leming, who despite being a hit with viewers on last season’s American Idol, didn’t make the top 24, is now being threatened with legal action by the producers. Leming, 19, has a record deal with Warner Bros., but because all contestants have to sign contracts promising to record only with Sony/BMG, he may be sued. Leming is the contestant who was living out of his car and wrote his own compositions. Although amazing when performing his own stuff, he lacked the skill to sing other song choices and was shown crying on several occasions. Simon Cowell eventually decided not to put Josiah through because he didn’t feel had the maturity and self-control at that point in time to be able to emotionally handle success. However, Leming is determined to release his debut album because his mother is dying. His rep told pagesix.com: “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.”  Leming is the only Idol contestant to get a record deal despite not making the top 24, and one of only four contestants (the others are David Archuleta, David Cook and Kristy Lee Cook) to get a deal this year.

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  1. Nancy • October 31, 2008 @ 10:25 AM

    Well, I’m sure the contract is not FOR LIFE!! He didn’t even make the top 24! Once they get voted out, if they are not in the top 10 and offered a recording contract, then the contract they signed at the beginning should be null and void. I’m sure any judge would laugh at Sony/BMG if they proceed with this. Sony/BMG didn’t offer him a recording contract after he was voted out (probably because they were too interested in the top 5-10 AI contestants). Warner Bros. offered him a recording contract instead, and he was smart to take it as Sony would probably have made him wait a few years AT LEAST, while they went ahead with the more popular singers. But anyways, good luck trying to beat Warner Bros. there Sony!!

  2. nat • October 31, 2008 @ 11:04 AM

    WOW is this all you do nancy ??????

    good kid i wish him all the love in the world , losing his mother is not easy . and those bastards should stay out of his way and let him have a chance at a carrer inm usic.

  3. Nancy • October 31, 2008 @ 11:27 AM

    No nat, actually my work is pretty much done for the day. Of course, I was up and working at 5:15 am when you were probably still asleep. Why? What concern is that of yours? How “shallow” of you to think that you know me! LMAO!

    Pssst…I’m listening to Pink’s new song, “So what?” Waaaayyy better than John Mayer’s easy listening crap!

  4. Jo-Anne • October 31, 2008 @ 7:39 PM

    nat, you are a breath of fresh air
    thanks

  5. nat • October 31, 2008 @ 8:49 PM

    YOUR A VERY ANGRY PERSON NANCY. maybe you need some easy listening.LOL
    thanks jo-anne that really means a lot.
    now that’s a lady Nancy.

  6. Sam • October 31, 2008 @ 11:17 PM

    I’m just wondering if ppl really give a s**t about American Idol and the contestants?!?!??

  7. Nancy • November 1, 2008 @ 12:09 AM

    A lady? You wouldn’t know the first thing about being a lady! So, would you like to maybe fill me in on what I said that makes you think I am “A VERY ANGRY PERSON”????? Please do not project yourself onto me nat….after all, you were the “ANGRY PERSON” who on the article above this one (the guy who possibly killed Jennifer Hudson’s nephew) said “I think they should castrate him and go medieval on his ass”, and on the Zac Efron/Ellen Degeneres article, wasn’t it YOU who showed the ANGER problem when you said “I want to punch him in the teeth every time I see him”??? Do us all a favour nat, and stick a sock in it! And you better bring 20 extra pair of socks to stuff in Jo-Anne’s big hole too!!! 😛

    Jo-Anne, “a lady”…..BAHAHAHAHAHA…which leads us to another song of Pink’s entitled, “YOU MAKE ME SICK”

  8. Jo-Anne • November 1, 2008 @ 12:34 AM

    me thinks you struck a BIG nerve, nat….

  9. Nancy • November 1, 2008 @ 1:04 AM

    Why, because I blew her away with all the proof of WHO has the anger problem? LMAO! Fish!

  10. NASIR • November 1, 2008 @ 12:38 PM

    I actually like his songs. On his myspace, he had some of his songs, and they actually sounded good. Looking forward to his album.

  11. tributegirl • November 1, 2008 @ 1:55 PM

    Oh my, Nancy, looks like you have one of those split-personalities on your a$$ again! Magnet!
    Anyway, I read your first comment Nancy, and totally agree, Sony would probably have never given him a record deal anyway, I think they should all sign the contract when getting into American Idol, but if they don’t make, say, the top 5 or something, then they should be free agents.
    Sam, probably most people don’t really care, but I do like this guy, I liked him right from his audition, although he cries way too much for my liking. I think he’s like a very cute little boy, but has an amazing voice.
    NASIR, me too, I’ll be buying his cd for sure.

  12. Zippy B • November 2, 2008 @ 1:17 PM

    The contract is for first right of refusal, you can’t sign someone to an exclusive contract if you don’t actually give them a contract. Sony is, as usual, being evil and obnoxious.

    They might have a claim on the album if it can be shown that A it was never offered to them (and they refused) and that B they want it now. Of course, I think that NOT getting into the final 24 is kind of a contract refusal by default since normally anyone NOT in the top 5 or 6 doesn’t get an offer of any kind.

  13. Jo-Anne. • November 2, 2008 @ 3:05 PM

    split personalities….hmmmm yes, you’re an expert on that t.g – weren’t you me once…or twice….
    haha LMAO

  14. Nancy • November 2, 2008 @ 5:03 PM

    Hey Jo-Anne, you’ve had several names. Just to enlighten everyone, I’ll name a few of your personas…..tammy; jennie_bearz; Anonymous x lord only knows how many! Those are just a few. I’d bet my left foot that YOU are the infamous ‘double’!!! FISH!

    Oh, it’s blue…click it!! 😛

  15. Jo-Anne • November 2, 2008 @ 7:23 PM

    nice try, Nancy
    as you’ve been told many times before but obviously are too thick to absorb it…

    all you (or anyone) has to do is contact Tribute and they can tell you I’ve never posted under the above names you accuse me of…

    whereas TributeGirl DID post under my name very inappropriate remarks in an attempt to blacken my name, as you are now sadly resorting to, yes pathetically once again

    at least come up with something new to beat me at this game

  16. Nancy • November 3, 2008 @ 10:28 AM

    It’s not a game and I’m not “attempting to blacken your name”. I truly believe that you have posted under those names and unless I’m having trouble with Tribute’s “website”, I’m not going to whine to them about every little thing you do/do not do. See, that’s the difference between you and I, you big whiner!

  17. tributegirl • November 3, 2008 @ 10:03 PM

    Interesting comment, Jo-anne. How about you back up those words with a little proof?

  18. tributegirl • November 4, 2008 @ 3:05 PM

    The silence is deafening. Apparently there is no proof after all.

  19. Nancy • November 4, 2008 @ 4:23 PM

    No, but I bet she’s been bombarding Tribute with calls and emails and grasping at straws trying to get some! 😛

  20. tributegirl • November 5, 2008 @ 7:36 PM

    Well, good luck to her, but she’s not gonna find any. I know some places can track things to a certain area, or even to particular computer, but they can’t track to a particular person. That’s why I’ve always thought tribute should have some kind of login system like other sites have, but when I suggested it they had reasons not to. I think it would be good protection (of sorts) for us all.

  21. Jo-Anne. • November 5, 2008 @ 9:37 PM

    yes, Tribute did track it…to you and you alone T.G.

    how astute of you to suggest that to Tribute once you were caught red handed

    gold star

  22. tributegirl • November 6, 2008 @ 9:14 AM

    Maybe you should call them again, Jo, because it is probably a year or so ago that I suggested that, idiot. Go ahead, call and confirm. I forget the dude’s name that I was e-mailing with, but go for it, I’m sure they can track him down!

  23. Anonymous • November 6, 2008 @ 6:20 PM

    Thanks for the kiss Josiah!

  24. Jo-Anne • November 7, 2008 @ 9:37 AM

    enough already T.G., your protests are lame
    it’s over…you’re over
    give it up

  25. tributegirl • November 7, 2008 @ 8:07 PM

    After you, your royal heinie.
    And you are welcome, by the way. I’m assuming you wanted to thank me for giving you an idea, since you couldn’t seem to come up with any proof yourself.

  26. Jo-Anne. • November 10, 2008 @ 1:59 PM

    as always, you make no sense at all, just trying (and failing) to cover up for what you did to my name. simple stuff here, you used my name to post inappropriate stuff, which I will add (yet again for the millionth time) you and cohort Nancy took great delight in continuously posting add ons to the stuff you put under my name (knowing full well I never said that crap)…game over. all you had to do was apologize and get it over with. Your continuous whining attempts to cover up are lame and immature.

    I have no issue defending what I actually write, sticking up for what I believe in, but play fair. Grow up.

  27. tributegirl • November 11, 2008 @ 2:47 PM

    And I will say for the millionth time…Prove it.
    Apologize to you? Not gonna happen, because I haven’t done anything that I need to apologize for. You should know by now that I post what I think, and don’t give a crap about you.
    Take your own advise and grow up, Jo-Anne.

  28. Jo-Anne. • November 11, 2008 @ 5:28 PM

    Actually I do take my own “adviCe”, t.g. and…I know you post what Nancy thinks and the fact that you seek out EACH and EVERY response I make and post comments in reply to mine, paired with your very own admittance to not only initiating further discussion concerning me in your personal life with your neighbours, relatives, etc, and then rushing to post what they think of me on here ONLY FURTHER PROVES TO ME HOW MUCH OF A HUGE CRAP you give about me.

    huge huge crap ha ha

  29. tributegirl • November 12, 2008 @ 5:47 PM

    What??? What the h*ll are you going on about now? You are not in my personal life at all.
    Waaaait a minute…do you really have such an inflated ego that you think I go out discussing YOU with all my friends/neighbours/family??? OmG!!! You are crazier than I thought!

  30. Nancy • November 12, 2008 @ 10:21 PM

    Oh! Hello there Jo Jo! What the hell are you rambling on about now? All I saw on here on “the day in question”, were comments coming up with the name Jo-Anne on them…and accusing ME of writing them! WTF?

    How does Tributegirl post comments saying what I think, when she sometimes posts before I do? I swear, some people….are totally whacked!! I won’t even put a smiley face on this one…you’re just getting too weird!!

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