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American Idol Wannabe Already Has a Record

1/18/2007 5:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Thomas DanielsBefore he wowed Simon, Paula and Randy during last night's "American Idol," Thomas Daniels took his fair share of punishment from real judges over several criminal charges, including drunk driving.

TMZ has unearthed legal documents which reveal that in 2004, Daniels was convicted of DUI in Clackamas, Oregon. The 21-year-old, who was the first wannabe to get the green light from the "AI" crew on last night's show, pled guilty and was sentenced to a one-year alcohol diversion program and a $680 fine. Daniels also attended eight AA meetings and saw a counselor once a week for two months. After the completing his DUI sentence, the incident was wiped from Daniels' record.

TMZ spoke exclusively with Daniels who said, in reference to his DUI, "I was young and dumb and drinking and driving."

In December 2005, Daniels was arrested again; this time for hit and run. He failed to appear in court for the arraignment, so Daniels was rearrested. TMZ could not find the disposition of the hit and run. Daniels called the incident "another young and dumb situation."

When asked if he disclosed his criminal past to "American Idol" producers, Daniels had no comment.

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61.

Panhandle Sue    

AI is a talent and/or popularity contest, not a forum for digging up past ohhs and ahhs, with or w/o finger pointing. He paid his debt to society, let the boy sing and win or lose on that.

2652 days ago
62.

Alisa    

I agree with you Manny & Doug.

2652 days ago
63.

Brian    

Im deaf and i love rock and roll and i love and wish to sing if i was not good i would accept it but for the judge to show unrespect would need alot of grown up to do everyone is trying there best so show respect for others as you guys made it to the stars and look the other way how would you guys feel if it was the other way for you. You guys were good and lucky to become an actor and singer so be glad for what you have and give the others a chance and respect them for there voice and acts not there looks God Bless.

2652 days ago
64.

Emmanuel    

There is no need of the information as offered. Is the world gone coucou on peoples privacy and confidentiality? He is not running for public office nor has been elected DA. I hope these dirt digging archeologist dig up their own filth.

2652 days ago
65.

Bridget    

This is not news.

This is not gossip.

This guy is not a celebrity.

Pretty soon everyone will have to lock themselves up in their houses because the TMZ folk's are snooping into non-relevant personal info that has no bearing on anything.

2652 days ago
66.

web    

Anyone can get a DUI. It could be for blood pressure medication. He got off easy. Oregon has lose laws.

2652 days ago
67.

Who Cares    

I don't know why it matters if he has a DUI or not. Obviously he is in training so he blends in with the rest of Hollywood. It's a matter of money. How many DUI has Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson and the rest of Hollywood, and yet because they have reached celebrity status it is excused. If we are going to excuse this behavior for celebrity's then we should excuse the rest of the average public.

2652 days ago
68.

john    

SO WHAT,OUR PRESIDENT ALSO HAS ONE!

2652 days ago
69.

Mary    

Oh, who cares. Nobody has ever done anything wrong in their life? Get over it. Big deal.

2652 days ago
70.

tia    

Who cares!!! leave the guy alone. It was wiped from his record, so why embarass him and bring these things up? Slow news day huh?

2652 days ago
71.

RICKY    

BIG DEAL!!!!! WHO CARES???? The guy made a few wrong desicions and now is trying to do something for himself. He deserves a chance to be a better person. We have seen this before and at all levels of our society. What is really a shame is that our society continue to focus in bringing the worst side of people instead of looking at the good things. I guess that says a lot of our society and our country

2652 days ago
72.

JP    

I totally agree with post #15-Doug. Who gives even the TINIEST RATS ASS about Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears? You keep reporting on them and we have to endure.

Now, you see a guy audition on American Idol that CAN sing, so you do everything you can do to discredit him immediately. It must be terrible being so jealous of others abilities that the only way you can fulfill your miserable, pathetic life is to try to ruin someone else's.

GET A LIFE TMZ ! ! !

2652 days ago
73.

marika    

NOT ONE OF US ARE PERFECT,WE DON'T TELL ALL, WHICH IS OK. TO DIG IN SOMEONE'S PASSED , WELL GOES ALONG WITH TRYING TO BE A STAR, LOOK AT OUR STARS NOW! THE NEWS , AND REPORTERS KNOW WHAT WOULD FIRE PEOPLE UP, SO LETS DIG UP ENOUGH DIRT ON THEM, FOR THE PULBIC TO REACT.
HIT AND RUN, WELL THE GUY NEEDS TO TAKE RESPONDSONBILITY, ON HIS OWN ACTIONS. SIMPLE !!!!
BUT HE HAD NO COMMENT ON THIS, WELL PROVES THEY ARE RIGHT, AND HE SHOULD BE BOOTED OUT!!

I BLAME ALL THE FRIENDS, AND PARENTS, OF ALL THESE PEOPLE MAKING BLEIEVE THAT THEY CAN SING ETC, TO GO UP IN FRONT OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, AND MAKE A FOOL OF THEM SELVES, AND WHEN THEY GET BOOTED THEY ALL CRY.. AND THEY ALL REALLY BELIEVE THEY CAN SING. TO BAD.
THE SECOND SHOW WAS LIKE A ZOO!!!!! IF YOU WATCHED THE SHOW, 95% HAD NO , BUSINESS TRYING OUT. BUT THAT IS LIFE RIGHT?
YOU ALL KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU ON THIS SHOW , YOU EITHER GOT IT , OR YOU DON'T.
THE OTHER TWO BOYS, WELL THEY SHOULD OF NEVER BEEN ON THE SHOW, WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD, OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOUSE, IT'S RUDE, CRUD, AND JUST PLAIN SHAMEFULL.
IF YOUR KIDS CAN'T SING, PLEASE DON'T PUT THEM THROUGH SOMETHING LIKE THIS, TO MAKE A FOOL OF THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE WORLD TO MOCK YOU. LIKE I SAID THATS THE FAULT OF THEIR FRIENDS, AND MOMMY & DADDY, MAKING THEM BELIEVE THEY ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO SING. TO BAD.
THEY CAN'T TURN ANYONE DOWN, ON MATTER WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE, ETC, OR SOMEONE WOULD SUE THEM FOR BEING RACIEST, LIKE WE DO IN AMERICA.
IF YOU CAN'T TAKE IT, DON'T DO IT !!!!!!!!!!

2652 days ago
74.

Vanessa Patterson    

Many people are saying that Paula appears to be drunk, and is slurring her words. But has anyone ever stopped to think that it could be due to a medical problem. You know some times people will not talk about a medical problem, until later, some times they themselves have a hard time dealing with it. Example, Dudley Moore was rumored to be drunk when he started stumbling and slurring his words. Upon going through many medical test's it was discoverd that he had a very serious medical condition that involed his brian, which was causing his condition. A medical condition he died from, maybe Paula doesn't even know she has a medical problem. There are a number of medical problems that can make a person appear drunk, even when they are not. And that is my reason for not judging her, because there are times in life when you can not judge a book by it's cover.

2652 days ago
75.

Melissa from Southie    

seriously.....CHILL OUT!!!! let these people perform before u go pulling up records and sh!t, it is ridiculous, they have only had 2 shows and are already calling poeple out... yet u have paula, one of the judges who was sh!tfaced during her interview... i would be more worried about her than that guy.... come on now...

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