Judge Budget Running Dry …
How ‘Bout a Disney Deal?
9/7/2017 12:40 AM PDT
“American Idol” is struggling to land judges to join Katy Perry because of budget limitations, but it still has a weapon on reserve to lure ’em in — a partnership with Disney.
Our ‘A.I.’ sources tell us … the show’s talent budget has a $40 million cap, which has been depleted by signing Perry for $25 mil and Ryan Seacrest for just over $10 mil. So, producers are having to get creative and sweeten the deal by offering celebs Disney perks that will turn into a big payday.
We’re told the perks include production deals, licensing and merchandising deals for Disney properties … and also theme park partnerships. For example, Disney’s Hollywood Studios features the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith … but can always add more names.
As we reported … ‘Idol’ made an offer to country star Luke Bryan to be judge #2. As far as we know, the deal isn’t sealed … at least not yet.
Perhaps we’ll be seeing Space Mountain starring Luke Bryan.