La’Porsha Renae might not have been crowned the “American Idol” winner on Thursday’s series finale, but the runner-up got a special surprise on the occasion: a recording contract! La’Porsha revealed Friday that she received the same contract she would have gotten if she had won.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight following the star-studded two-hour finale of the iconic singing-competition series, single-mom La’Porsha said Fox producers pulled her aside to tell her they had “some good news.” “I’m thinking they’re talking about I got a gig or something,” she said. “They were like, ‘Well, you’re signed to Motown and Big Machine and 19 Records anyways.’ I was like,...Wow!’”
According to Billboard, “American Idol” runners-up typically don’t get recording contracts, but Big Machine Records CEO and “American Idol” mentor Scott Borchetta explained that one was extended to La’Porsha because of the “overwhelming fan demand” and the success of the final season.
“I can’t think of a better way to bring this American institution to a close,” Borchetta told the outlet. “Everyone at the Big Machine Label Group, the Universal Music Group and Motown Records are so thrilled with the outcome and can’t wait to get to work.”
There’s no word on when fans can expect an album from La’Porsha, but Borchetta told USA Today that it will be a “killer diva-soul-R&B-pop record.”
As previously reported, Season 15 winner Trent Harmon said he hopes to work with La’Porsha in the future and wouldn’t mind having her featured on his album.
“I told her, ‘Let’s go make an album! Let’s go make one together -- you be on mine, I’ll be on yours, let’s do this. Let’s go to work!’” he told Entertainment Tonight.