Nikki McKibbon was one in [Season] 1. But certainly not on this. TV Guide.
David Hernandez, the "American Idol" contestant with a reported history as a male stripper, was eliminated on Wednesday from the competition on the hit American TV talent show, leaving 11 aspiring singers to vie for the "Idol" title and a record contract. More than 29 million viewers cast votes for their favorites this week as the series entered the home stretch of its seventh season, moving from three nights a week to two. The two singers, along with Hernandez, were the bottom finishers among the 12 finalists.
After racy photo scandals about Ramiele Malubay and Amanda Overmyer see links belowit was about time for a male contestant on the American Idol to hit the spot light. According to the latest reports, a manager of a male strip-club in Phoenix, Arizona, claims that "Idol" contestant David Hernandez used to take his clothes off at his joint. Gordy Bryan, manager of the Dick's Cabaret strip club in AZ, told the media that David Hernandez worked as a stripper at his club in the past, appearing fully nude and performing lap dances for the club's mostly male patrons.
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Tens of thousands of aspiring singers try to make the "American Idol" cut each year, longing for fame, fortune and a record deal. But once the newcomers put themselves out there, they're fresh meat for gossip blogs, tabloids and prying fans. Like Corey Clark and Antonella Barba before him, David Hernandez was thrust into the spotlight only to have his past threaten his rise to the top.
In Japan, few people are put on a higher pedestal than idols. For most of the entertainment companies that manage them, that means no dating, and, by default, no marriage, either. Such attitudes breed unhealthy obsessions and even aggressiveness on the part of fansand yet entertainment companies continue to go to sneaky lengths to prevent their talent from finding love.
Considering one headline-making story, the setup seemed too good to be true. The producers decided to keep him around, but he had to be nervous that the judges would try and get him out the old-fashioned way — by trashing him to the point where America would send him home. But Hernandez chose not to cite anything from his stripper days as embarrassing, which at this stage is probably the smart move.
American Idol producers have said David Hernandez can stay on the show despite his past as a nude male stripper. It was revealed earlier this week that the contestant worked at male strip club Dick's Cabaret in Phoenix, Arizona, until at least last August. He reportedly gave lap dances and performed full-frontal shows for the club's "mostly gay" customers for three years. However, judge Simon Cowell made no mention of the scandal during Tuesday's show, instead describing Hernandez as one of the best singers in the competition.
The American singing competition show American Idol —; present has generated controversy over the years in numerous areas. Many of the controversies have centered on the show's voting process and results, and in later seasons, gender bias against female contestants, as well as contestant comments. Another major source of controversy that has spanned multiple seasons has been the activities of contestants prior to competing on the show such as past recording contracts in contravention of the rules, and undisclosed criminal charges.
On Thursday, 16 semifinalists will be narrowed down to the final 12 contestants. No one - the three judges, host Ryan Seacrest or other contestants - alluded to Monday's news that Hernandez worked for three years in Phoenix at Dick's Cabaret. There, he would appear fully nude and perform lap dances for the club's "mostly male" clientele, club manager Gordy Bryan told The Associated Press on Monday. It apparently wasn't Hernandez's "most embarrassing moment" either.