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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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JENNIFER SMITH    

I THINK EVRYONE HAS DONE STUPID THINGS IN THERE LIFETIME, REALLY WE ALL HAVE DONE MORE THAN ONE. THAT IS WHERE YOU LEARN FROM ALL OF YOUR TRIAL AND ERRORS. SO WHY DON'T YOU LET MR.DANIELS HAVE A FAIR SHAKE AT THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT THE LORD HAS PROVIDED FOR HIM . THAT'S THE PROBLEM NOW, PEOPLE ALWAYS JUDGE OTHERS AND NOT THEMSELVES. A LOT OF YOU KNOW , IF THEY CHECKED YOU OUT ,YOU WOULD NEVER STAND A CHANCE PERIOD IN LIFE BECAUSE SOME HAVE DONE WORSE AND WAS GIVEN MORE THAN 2 OR 3 CHANCES . SO GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSES AND BEGAN TO ENCOURAGE RATHER THAN BRING DOWM. AND THAT'S FOR ALL YOU AND TMZ FOLK THAT HAS THROWN ROCKS AND HID YOUR HANDS VERY OFTEN. THAT IS MY COMMENT . BE BLESSED AND ENCORAGED THOMAS DANIELS.

2723 days ago
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Kathy    

I do believe in second chances; however; this is a show for an American Idol. In saying this; no felony repetitive criminal records, misdemeanors, depending on the charge; Jay Walking, not a bad one, but drugs, DUI's, Petty Theft, Shop Lifting, those are not acceptable, and should not be tolerated. As an American Idol, you want a young person to represent and set an example for other young people to follow. Higher standards do need to be set, and those with records should not be let past the front door, or allowed to audition. Psychological and emotional problems do need to be judged as well, like bulemia and anerexic diseases, as these too can lead to other disorders and not good for the impressionable youth to see. Unless you're recovered long time, American Idol should not be the platform for these and unwed motherhood. American Idol, one whom is an average, hard working and clean cut young adult, one whom has the needs and concerns of the ills of the world & its people.
Again; higher standards and much more rigerous rules need to be in place before the contestant makes it through the door. Of course, there are exceptions...and second chances should be given to those worthy of them.

2723 days ago
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Kayla    

Tommy is my cousin, and he is a very sweet, kindhearted, and honest person. I have also had the pleasure of receiving a DUII from clackamas county, fun stuff. Not especially original around here. Obvious making the mistake of drinking too much and getting into a car doesn't mean a person shouldn't be recognized or rewarded for the things they do well. He was punished and jumped through all the hoops to get himself out of trouble, and it's off his record. I'm sure he has been successfully rehabilitated to the satisfaction of the clackamas county 50....jerks! He's going all Maxwell with that flow.....go cuz!

2717 days ago
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JM Fitz    

Hey! I heard he's the father of Anna Nicole's baby

2716 days ago
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