‘Idol’ adds online songwriting competition

    You haven’t missed your chance to compete on “American Idol” this year. The hit Fox show is adding a songwriting contest to give the winning singer a winning first single.

    The contest, which has been in the works since last year and was to be kicked off on Wednesday’s show, is online. Aspiring songwriters can submit their work to be judged by “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller and his 19 Entertainment company.

    The 20 songs Fuller and his staff pick can be heard and voted on online. The top vote-getter will be performed on the show’s season finale by the two finalists and recorded by the winning singer.

    The songwriter will receive a music publishing deal and cash advance on royalties, 19 Entertainment said.

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