NEW YORK – "American Idol" (search) is launching an online version of the popular talent show as an Internet radio station.
The station will be called "American Idol Underground" (search) and will be a place where contestants can upload their music to the service for a $50 entry fee.
Once uploaded, each track will receive a minimum of 200 spins and listeners will vote on their favorites.
However, there will be no direct link to the TV show. Winners won't be guaranteed a record deal.