‘Idol,’ Ex-Managers In Court

Former “Australian Idol” contestant Cosima De Vito was in Supreme Court in Sydney defending a $500,000 claim from her former managers, Constantine Nellis and Ted Gardner.

They claimed they brokered a deal with U.S. songwriter Dianne Warren to write her hit album and are seeking their alleged shares of royalties.

DeVito argued the CD would have been a hit regardless of who wrote it because of her profile on “Idol.”

“I was top three in ‘Idol,’” DeVito told the court. “I was very big. The show pushed me into the limelight.”

She added she made no money from the album, despite its chart success, and her parents footed its $1.1 million bill.