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American Idol auditions: professionals allowed?

One of tonight's candidates was Matheus Fernandes, who was on The Glee Project (he didn't make it). I assume the kids on the Glee Project get paid something for their time, receiving more the longer they stay. Isn't that the way most reality competitions go? But here he was, with no mention of his previous show, trying out for Idol. He did quite a good job. So what are the restrictions for Idol? No current music contracts? Or must they be complete amateurs? (For that matter, how is "amateur" defined? In the Olympics, it seems more and more professionals are slipping in under one technicality or another.)


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