This season, even more than seasons in the past, seems to be seeped in the 'C' word. Not only have we learned how many contestants this season had prior record deals (something that would not have been allowed in the past), now we're learning of yet more controversy involving contestants David Hernandez and Ramiele Malubay.
(AP) "American Idol" contestant David Hernandez once entertained audiences by removing his clothes instead of singing tunes, a manager at a male strip club in Phoenix told The Associated Press. The 24-year-old finalist from Glendale, Ariz., once worked as a stripper at Dick's Cabaret, appearing fully nude and performing lap dances for the club's "mostly male" clientele, club manager Gordy Bryan said Monday. "He had the look and the type that people like, so he made pretty good money here," Bryan said. It's not clear whether a history as a stripper could disqualify Hernandez from the competition. In 2003, finalist Frenchie Davis was dismissed because of her appearance on an adult Web site; but last year, Antonella Barba remained in the competition after racy photos of her surfaced on the Internet. Fox spokeswomen Jill Hudson did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment Monday.
According to Bryan, Hernandez steadily worked at the club for three years until September 30, 2007. "He never renewed his licensing with the state, so he hasn't been on my roster since then," Bryan said. Bryan said he was aware that Hernandez was a vocalist, but that Hernandez never sang at the club. Bryan said he now believes Hernandez stopped working at the club because of his participation in "American Idol." Hernandez has never been referred to as a stripper or former stripper during the Fox singing competition. Rumors of a stripper past _ along with photos of a scantily clad Hernandez working as a bartender at gay nightclub Burn _ were first posted last week on VoteForTheWorst.com, a site that encourages "Idol" viewers to vote for "the bad and truly entertaining contestants." "It was like moths to a flame," said VoteForTheWorst.com founder Dave Della Terza. "As soon as I posted that, we started getting 10, 20 letters every single day from people saying, 'Yeah, he's a stripper in Phoenix.'"(From CBS news)
Racy photos said to be of "American Idol" contestant Ramiele Malubay have appeared on the Web, CelebTV.com reports. The photographs show the 20-year-old Florida native grabbing a female co-worker's breast at a sushi bar in Miramar, Fla. They appeared on a fan Facebook site, CelebTV.com reports. Another photo purportedly shows Malubay with a friend's hand on her breast. The singer, who says she's influenced by Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey, lists her favorite quote as: "If you're hated, you're doing something right." She auditioned for the program in Miami. (From FOX news)