Mar 6, 2008

American Idol, Scandals Overshadow Singing

As the top eight guys sing for survival, the scandals are starting to be more interesting than the performances.

Mirror mirror on the wall, what's the biggest American Idol scandal of them all? Or at least of this year?

Is it the "Carly Smithson Had A Record Deal A Long Time Ago" uproar? Nah, that's old news. Spilt milk under the bridge.

Is it the "David Hernandez Was A Stripper" scandal? If you haven't heard, the owner of a Phoenix strip club claims Hernandez worked there for three years as a nude dancer and performed lap dances, mostly for men. And he says David made pretty good money because he had "the look" that people like.

Funny, David didn't mention it Tuesday night when the pre-performance question was "What was your most embarrassing moment?" Although rumors of his revealing past have been circulating on the Internet.

It doesn't appear that the naked truth will hurt David. American Idol producers say they don't care and they're letting him stay. The show has had at least one former stripper before, Nikki McKibbin from season three, and other contestants have had questionable photos surface. Hernandez would probably get the boot if it ever comes out that he did more than give lap dances (and I think you know what I mean when I say more) but for now he's safe.

So maybe the best scandal is the "Robbie Carrico Dated Britney Spears" confession. Carrico, who used to be in a boy band, says he "once dated" Britney when his group Boyz N Girlz United opened for Spears in 1999.

Carrico was voted off the show last week, so I call this a case of grasping for straws at 14 minutes and 59 seconds with a claim that will probably never be confirmed or denied. And when you think about it, who cares anyway?

Alright, so none of these scandals really rises to the top. But compared to Tuesday night's performances by the guys, they're more entertaining.

The top eight dudes competed to make it into what Simon kept calling "THE finals." This week's theme was the '80s. Okay, previously I said the '70s was the cheesiest music decade. I TAKE IT BACK!!! The '80s makes the '70s look like the 1850s, compared to the 1730s. I know, that doesn't make sense, but you get what I mean. The '80s were cheeeeee-zeeeeeeee!

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