‘American Idol’ Twins On Maxim Website

Jesse and Becca O’Donohue, twins who were featured on Tuesday night’s ‘American Idol’, are today featured on Maxim Online’s ‘Today’s Girl’. Becca was able to try out for the ‘Idol’ judges, but vocal chord surgery for Jesse forced her to sit on the sidelines and cheer on her identical sister. While Becca didn’t impress the judges much with her singing abilities, she was advanced anyways because of her looks. Pictures and video of their sports-themed photo shoot for the men’s mag have since been removed from maximonline.com.

‘Idol’ Contender’s Criminal Past

February 2, 2006 – TMZ has learned ‘American Idol’ contestant Halicia Thompson has twice been convicted of crimes, one involving a police officer. Thompson was arrested and convicted of criminal trespass in 1998 in Eden, North Carolina, and she tells TMZ it was “racial.” Thompson complained, “They got me up, busted up my veins and tore my dress.” Eden Police Chief Gary Benthin tells TMZ Thompson never complained about mistreatment. Thompson pled guilty to second degree trespass, a misdemeanor and was placed on probation. She was also ordered to pay a $100 fine and to send the restaurant a letter of apology, which she did.

GLAAD Angry With ‘American Idol’

February 1, 2006 – Carson Daly joked during his ‘Last Call’ introduction on Tuesday, “GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, apparently right now, is furious at the show ‘American Idol’. I didn’t see why, but apparently the judges, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, made some insensitive remarks while shooting ‘American Idol’. ‘There is no doubt in my mind that Simon and Randy severely crossed the line,’ said GLAAD spokesman Clay Aiken.”

Big Ratings For ‘Idol’

January 25, 2006 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Tuesday night, “Last week, the premiere week of ‘American Idol’ got huge ratings, like the biggest — people love watching other people who don’t know how to sing. And a related story, Ashlee Simpson’s concert tour sold out.”

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