Idol co-producers CKX and FremantleMedia, Fox Broadcasting, and acid-tongued judge Simon Cowell agreed to keep the series going for at least four seasons starting with this season. Fox agreed to pay a license fee of $18 million for this year, growing to $35.5 million in 2009.
CKX, which also licenses Elvis Presley, plans some corporate synergy. "Elvis will be making an appearance on this year's series," Sillerman says.
Reigning American Idol and hit-making music star Carrie Underwood toured Graceland on January 12, 2006.