A month after Fox disqualified Frenchie Davis from ‘American Idol’ amid revelations that she had posed topless on an Internet porn site, the network said on Monday it was expelling another finalist, Corey Clark, who is facing trial on misdemeanor charges of battery against his sister and resisting arrest. Fox said in a statement that Clark “withheld information about a prior arrest which, had it been known, might have affected his participation in the show. Due to his failure to disclose, compounded by an error in a police report which misspelled Corey’s name, the incident was not discovered during a background check. The producers and network feel that Corey’s behavior warrants his disqualification.”
Another ‘American Idol’ Scandal
March 27, 2003 – Contributed by DiVa4LiFe: First Frenchie Davis was booted off ‘American Idol.’ Now, a report has surfaced that Trenyce was once arrested for felony shoplifting. According to the District Attorney’s office, Trenyce was arrested October 6, 1999 on suspicion of shoplifting from the store where she worked. She was booked under her real name, Lashundra T. Cobbins, on two felony counts, but after she complied with the court’s orders to attend a program and stay out of trouble, the charges were dropped from her record. A spokesperson from FOX told Entertainment Tonight, “The network was aware of her situation, and there were never any plans to remove her from the competition because she was never convicted of a felony.” Check out her mug shot at TheSmokingGun.com.
Olivia Newton John Describes Her Idol Experience
March 27, 2003 – Extra TV asked Olivia Newton John how it felt to sit in the third seat of ‘American Idol’ on Tuesday night. Olivia says, “It’s harder than you think to come up with something constructive, coming after two people who already said something.” Video has since been removed.
Simon Cowell Disappointed With Country Idol
March 27, 2003 – Entertainment Tonight reports many of the performers struggled on ‘American Idol’ with the country-rock theme. However, none as much as Simon Cowell. “First of all, I came here expecting the theme to be disco,” he told us. “I was a bit disappointed. It’s not my style of music. I really know a lot about country-rock — NOT!” More bizarre was their choice of Olivia Newton-John as the celebrity judge for a country themed setlist.
Ryan Seacrest Lands Own Talk Show
March 26, 2003 – American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is getting his own talk show. The DJ inked a deal with Twentieth Television for a half-hour talk show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the show will be “designed around” Seacrest’s hip style and his ability to interview celebrities.
Karaoke Has Done Record Industry A Huge Disservice
March 25, 2003 – B. J. Sigesmund of Newsweek caught up with Randy Jackson who sounded off on karaoke, saying it “has done the record industry a huge disservice.” The American Idol judge added, “People are taking it too far. They sit in their bars, they get drunk, they have a good time, they sing songs because they’ve got the words on the thing. And all of a sudden, someone will say, ‘You know, you’re pretty good. You’re almost as good as that Mariah. Keep going! You should be out there.’ Like it’s easy.” The full story at msnbc.com has since been removed.