Mild-mannered David Hernandez, 24, had his dirty laundy aired by his former boss—Gordy Bryan, owner of a little place called Dick's Cabaret, where David worked as a a stripper. The Idol contestant appeared fully nude and performed lap dances for the club's "mostly male" clientele, according to the Associated Press.
Idol producers, however, weren't phased by this news. Executive producer Ken Warwick told TV Guide, "We've had strippers on the show before. We're never judgmental about people who do things like that," he said. "If it were some sort of heavy porn, then maybe we'd have to take action, but certainly not on this."
Great for Hernandez. But what about the other scandalous Idol contestants who didn't make out so well? Here's a recap of all the the sex tapes, mug shots and seedy allegations Idol has seen since the show premiered nearly seven years ago:
With a sex tape, drug and alcohol addiction, and a slew of recent arrests there is seemingly nothing Jessica isn’t willing to do to become a member of the American Idol scandal squad (Season 4). She recently announced (while in jail) that she was pregnant by “some rapper”. Catch up with her drama on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab.
An alleged affair with Paula Abdul catapulted Corey back into the headlines after a disappointing performance on Season 2 of American Idol. He was kicked off the show after it was discovered that he had been arrested in Topeka, Kansas shortly before he was chosen to be a contestant.
This Nuyorican crooner was a fourth season favorite until he dropped out for “personal reasons.” Rumor had it that Vasquez wanted to go solo before AI turned him uncool, but the real reason for his departure later surfaced: accusations that he’d tried to masturbate in front of a male employee of the show. As for his solo career, it never quite popped off…anyone remember the super-bland R&B single “Gallery”? Exactly.
Idol fans weren’t too shocked or awed when racy pics of Barba in a wet T-shirt surfaced in the early stages of Season Six. As the show’s token sexpot, it was pretty clear her voice wasn’t the reason for her spot in the Top 24. Voters co-signed that sentiment, eliminating her a couple of weeks later.
This year’s designated faux-rocker chick is already living up to her “badass” reputation. News broke last week that Overmeyer was arrested in 2006 for a DUI, plus doing over 90 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. Judging by her pain-inducing covers of “Baby Please Don’t Don’t Go” and “Carry on My Wayword Son,” we predict that her time on Idol will end even faster.