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Simon Fuller will manage 'American Idol' winner for the first time in years

March 29, 2011 |  8:02 am

Fuller For the first time since he helped launch Adam Lambert's career in 2009, "American Idol" creator and executive producer Simon Fuller will be managing this year's "Idol" winner, in partnership with 19 Entertainment and CKX Inc. Over the last eight years, Fuller has helped guide the careers of '"Idol" stars Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, David Cook and Chris Daughtry.

"Simon Fuller is the rare breed who can effect popular culture both in America and in Europe," said Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records and current "Idol" mentor, in a statement. "He has brought us a platform for music like nothing before it in 'American Idol.' The opportunity for this year's winner and runner up to be managed by someone of his caliber along with UMG's commitment to these artists and show is incomparable."

"Simon Fuller is one of the best artist managers in the business and his track record for success is indisputable," added "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. "Past 'Idol' winners have become stars under his guidance, and I'm psyched that this year's 'American Idol' winner will have the opportunity to work with him to cultivate their respective promising careers. It's going to be exciting to watch."

Did you hear that, Casey Abrams? Might be time to get a little emotional again.

-- Melissa Maerz

Photo: "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller and judge Jennifer Lopez. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images.