'American Idol' Contestant Ousted Over Criminal Record

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 15th 2010 9:45PM
American IdolLadies and gentlemen, remember that if you plan on appearing on the biggest reality show on television, be sure that you don't have an arrest record. Apparently, one of the 'American Idol' hopefuls named Danielle Hayes was ousted because she has had, among other things, a DUI, theft, driving with a suspended license and marijuana possession.

It's not that big a deal, particularly if she isn't a repeat offender. 'Idol' is likely just afraid of tarnishing its squeaky-clean family-values image, particularly if she ended up getting to the finals or even close to them. Given how drugs and booze are usually associated with the music industry, perhaps they should just let her go directly into the final round.

This is a show that made William Hung and Sanjaya into stars. How could they not let Ms. Hayes audition? At the very least, it would lead to some good drama.

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jane

if they add howard stern to the show i will never watch it again. that man is arrogant and foul mouth low life. he is disgusting!!! yes simon is judgemental but he is respectful and has class, he has everything that howard stern does'nt.

February 20 2010 at 2:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mook

And we thought American Idol was about the talent...
It's big business and as such, a big business makes some very successful decisions and also makes very bad decisions. How bad the decisions are mandate whether the success continues or not.
Paula left because of bad decisions.
Considering Howard Stern was a bad decision.
What they did to Danelle Hayes was a bad decision.
Consistency matters. If Idol wants to maintain the standards it professes to have ... Howard Stern? 'Come on!!!
So, it is a double-standard. That leads people to not respect you and that leads to people not watching you anymore.
Ryan Seacrest branched out in a plethora of other employment options...smart guy.
It's too bad as the concept was excellent and America watched it on the edge of their seats for many years. Danelle--follow Simon to his new show.

February 17 2010 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
L.

You are so right Amy!!I refused to watch last year...what a joke, with that guy on there!

February 16 2010 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mickey

Ousted for those deeds??? I thought they were reuirements for pop/rock star status !!

February 16 2010 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
willywolf

Hey the one guy auditioning was in prison he said so at his audition. Is this because it's a woman.

February 16 2010 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jannykmac

If this contestant was really trying to change for the better then why did she lie to Amierican Idol producers about her criminal past? Yeah...these are still crimes, folks.

February 16 2010 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KATHY

Adam Lambert- who cares if he is gay- it's not that at all- It's his disgusting antics of the overly sexual nature that make him an absolute waste of time- how can "idol" say they are a family show? This program has run its course- time to move on- turn it off- go outside!!!

February 16 2010 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Deborah Cassady

Adam Lambert is extremely talented as he showed on his every performance on ,"American Idol".Why are you so worried about his being gay?

February 16 2010 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ledilou

Appologies if this is a duplicate post. My laptop is balking lately and complicating things for posting.

Perhaps if she is good, they should air her audition and allow another producer to "find" her and make an offer. Afterall, look at all the "stars" who have arrest records for similar or worse problems. Idol should stay pristene to keep its status as talent scout for us, their audience. However, once they allow Howard Stern access to the judging that whole idea will hit the toilet, just like his mouth. Why would they even mention him, yet alone consider him for the job? Let him on the show and they might as well give up the squeaky clean version. Then they can allow her her chance. Just tell her to try next year. My vote is no Howard Stern!!!!!!!! Yes, I have heard his show; actually been forced to listen to it daily at work. Talk about cruel and unusual punishment!

February 16 2010 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dlomikek

Right on Louis. I was about to make that same point.

February 16 2010 at 1:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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