Mario Vazquez’s Debut ‘Full Of Hits’

'Mario Vazquez' album cover

Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reviewed the self-titled debut album from ‘American Idol’ season four drop-out Mario Vazquez. “The album is slick, but it’s also chockablock full of hits, and Vazquez can sing, sing, sing, of that there is no doubt,” Friedman writes. “‘Gallery’ had already been out on radio as a lead single, but there’s much better stuff if you give this CD a chance. ‘I Bet’ and ‘One Shot’ are obvious choices for radio now, and time will tell which of the other dozen tracks catch on. My guess is several of them will be filling the air.”

The article at FoxNews.com has since been removed.

Mario Vazquez Talks With Seattle’s KISS 106.1

‘American Idol’ season four drop-out Mario Vazquez was in studio with Jackie & Bender of KISS 106.1 FM in Seattle on Friday (July 14). Vazquez discussed why he left ‘Idol’ and using the “family reasons” excuse, rumors Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs signed him, signing with Clive Davis and Arista even though they’re associated with ‘Idol’, whether he would have beaten Carrie Underwood since he’s not from a Confederate state like all the previous winners, and more. The interview at kiss1061.com has since been removed.

Mario Vazquez ‘Gallery’ Video

Mario Vazquez 'Gallery' single cover

‘American Idol’ season four drop-out Mario Vazquez is out with the video to his debut single ‘Gallery’, featuring Baby Bash. Watch it online below.

Barry Manilow Credits ‘Idol’ Finalists

Musician Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow tells ‘The Insider’ he gives all the brave ‘American Idol’ contestants’ credit for doing what they’re doing. “I would never have done it,” he admitted. “I would have been thrown out of that hotel room.”

‘Confederate Idol’

March 23, 2006 – Reality TV Magazine reports that for four straight years, the ‘American Idol’ winner has been from a Southern state, and this season looks to be shaping up to follow the trend. With the elimination of New York’s Kevin Covais last night, 70% of the remaining ‘Idol’ contestants are from Southern states. The only three left to stop the trend this season are non-Southern American Idol contestants remaining are Colorado’s Ace Young and California’s Katharine McPhee and Lisa Tucker.

Web Site Asks Fans To Vote For ‘Idol’s’ Worst

March 22, 2006 – Votefortheworst.com is at it again, backing the ‘American Idol’ contestant it feels is the worst singer. This season, the site is asking people to vote for Kevin Covais, the geeky singer nicknamed Chicken Little because ‘Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest said he saw a resemblance between the 16-year-old singer and the animated feathered fowl. The web site gained attention last season for backing ‘Idol’ finalist Scott Savol.

Mario Vazquez On Why He Left ‘Idol’

March 22, 2006 – ‘Extra’ spoke with Mario Vazquez to ask the singer what was the real reason for his leaving ‘American Idol’ last season. “The real reason,” Mario said, “Was I wanted to do it on my own terms; just take hold of my career.” Mario added that he kept quiet until now out of respect for ‘Idol’, and he only auditioned for a record deal after Carrie Underwood was crowned the winner. Vazquez’s debut album is out in June.

‘Idol’ Hookup: Anthony Fedorov Dating Heather Cox

March 21, 2006 – TMZ.com has learned ‘American Idol’ season four finalist Anthony Fedorov is dating ousted ‘Idol’ season five semi-finalist Heather Cox. The pair met at an ‘Idol’ party in Hollywood last month.

‘Idol’ Defector Mario Vazquez Gets Big Deal

Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reports that ‘American Idol’ season four dropout Mario Vazquez has signed a lucrative deal with Clive Davis and Davis’ J Records. Sources tell Friedman that Vazquez is already in the studio recording tracks under the supervision of Davis’ before they officially announce the deal following the Labor Day holiday. Read more.

Mario Vazquez Signs With J Records?

J Records isn’t confirming, but Ben Widdicombe of The New York Daily News hears that ‘American Idol’ dropout Mario Vazquez is finally free from his 19 Management contract, and has signed with the label.

Enquirer: Real Reason Mario Vazquez Left ‘Idol’

The Enquirer reports that before quitting ‘American Idol’, Mario Vazquez feared another contestant was going to expose his “secret” personal life. “Everybody wants to know why Mario quit ‘American Idol.’ It’s because a rival contestant threatened to go public with details about a relationship Mario desperately wanted to keep private,” a pal revealed. “But Mario’s former boyfriend is devastated that Mario is denying there is anyone special in his life. This could be the last straw for their relationship.”

‘American Idol’ Romance With Nadia And Scott?

March 29, 2005 – ‘Extra’ reports that ‘American Idol’ finalists Nadia Turner and Scott Savol were snapped looking quite cozy grabbing a bite to eat together, and Scott even carried Nadia’s pink bag while shopping in Studio City, California.

Mikalah Gordon Discusses Post ‘Idol’ Plans

March 29, 2005 – Mikalah Gordon was the latest ‘American Idol’ casualty last week. Fox News Channel caught up with the singer, who talked about getting the boot, her song selection, her future, and her hopes of getting asked to the prom by John Gotti. FoxNews.com has since removed the video.

Mikalah Gordon Wasn’t Shocked By ‘Idol’ Boot

March 29, 2005 – Mikalah Gordon’s ‘American Idol’ dreams were short-lived when she became the second hopeful to be voted out of the competition on last Thursday’s special results edition of the show. It was her second time in the bottom two, so she told ‘Entertainment Tonight’ it wasn’t a big surprise that she got her walking papers. “I think that everything definitely happens for a reason,” she said. “It wasn’t a shock. It was my time to go, so I made the best of it. I had a fabulous time. America chose a great Top 10.”

‘Idol’ Drop-Out Vazquez Pushes Star Power Too Far

The New York Post reports that while Ashlee Simpson was making out with a member of her band she’s been dating for the past few weeks, ‘American Idol’ dropout Mario Vazquez was told to keep his distance from Ashlee and Jessica Simpson after bugging the sisters to pose for a picture with him. “He told Ashlee and Jessica, ‘I know what it’s like to be a celebrity and to be harassed. I’m so glad to be in a private area,'” a spy revealed. “And then he wanted to take a picture with them! They said no like four times. Finally, security asked him to leave the area.”

Mario Vazquez Still Mum On ‘American Idol’ Departure

March 16, 2005 – Mario Vazquez continues to stay mum on the reason behind his ‘American Idol’ departure, as fans, the media and even the show’s personalities speculate. “With fans, I know they might be disappointed,” Mario told Access Hollywood. “But I just hope they can respect the fact and, just… the little bit of privacy that I have, I’d like to keep it. And I hope that can appease their questions about why.”

Simon Cowell Not Impressed With ‘Idol 4’ Talent?

March 16, 2005 – The New York Daily News reports that a spy at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills heard Simon Cowell grousing about the new finalists on this season’s ‘American Idol’ to his tablemates: “There’s not a single star on the show. Absolutely none!”

Why Mario Vasquez Dropped Out Of ‘Idol’

March 15, 2005 – Craig Ferguson joked during his Late Late Show monologue on Monday night, “Mario Vasquez, the content voted most likely to win ‘American Idol’ has left for personal reasons. Translation, he broke up with Ryan Seacrest.”

Tom Joyner Suspects ‘Idol’ Set-Up With Vazquez Pull-Out

March 15, 2005 – The Tom Joyner Morning Show discussed the shocking announcement over the weekend that Mario Vazquez dropped out of ‘American Idol’. Tom is thinking the thing is a set-up to get people talking about the show again, and that they’ll bring him back later in the season. Audio has since been removed.

Mario Vazquez Discusses ‘American Idol’ Exit

March 15, 2005 – Mario Vazquez spoke with ‘Extra’ to explain his decision over the weekend to drop out of ‘American Idol’, even though many considered him the favorite to win the hit show’s fourth season. “It was a very, very hard decision on my part,” Vazquez said. “My intuition told me there were things I really needed to take care of, personal areas in my life, which meant I couldn’t continue on in the competition.”

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