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March 24, 2005

Ex-Idol Mario Vazquez update.

It looks more and more like Vazquez jumped ship for the publicity.

This from a New York Post article:

March 23, 2005 -- SEAN "P. Diddy" Combs is conspicuously silent about whether he's signed "American Idol" dropout Mario Vazquez to a record deal.

"I can't discuss that right now," Combs told The Post yesterday.

Vazquez, 28, a favorite to win "American Idol," stunned everyone, including his mother, when he abruptly left the show 10 days ago for "personal reasons."

Since then, some reports have emerged that he quit to sign with Combs' Bad Boy Records. Vazquez is contractually committed to "AI" until the show is over in May.

"I can't really have any comment on that at this time," Combs said yesterday. "We're hopefully about to announce our plans for our next era."

If Vazquez had stayed with "Idol" and won the competition, he would have been automatically signed to a contract with RCA records.

Combs' produces and hosts a similar show for MTV, "Making the Band."

P. Diddy has already found at least one star among the contestants on "Making the Band," a singer named Chopper, whom he has signed to Bad Boy.

Combs and MTV will announce today that they've signed a new production deal.

Full story here.

PS I only post this stuff because the wife loves American Idol.

Posted by Dan at March 24, 2005 07:57 AM

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Heh. This is why Sean Combs is rich.

Hope his new protege comes out on top too.

Posted by: Ara at March 24, 2005 10:34 AM

I KNEW it! I KNEW it! Personal issues my butt cheek, this guy didn't want to get trapped in that one way, no freeedom allowed American Idol contract. You know, they may get signed, but they sell their soul for almost a year. Those poor kids make next to NOTHING for the first part of their career. I guess it all comes out in the end, because they're super famous, but this kid knows exactly what he's doing.

Posted by: Alex at March 24, 2005 02:29 PM

Yes, what a genius Mario is. He said yes to a deal now rather than wait for a CHANCE at a deal later.

Posted by: Mrs. Popping Culture at March 24, 2005 11:02 PM

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