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"Idol" Hopeful Nixed from H'wood for Pot Rap?

2/7/2007 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mugshots of Akron Wilson and Ashlyn CarrAkron Watson, an "American Idol" contestant from Dallas and one of the feel-good stories of the new season, has been disinvited from the Hollywood round of the show, possibly after producers discovered a pot bust on his record.

Watson, whose San Antonio audition aired on last night's "Idol," was arrested in April 2003 for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, according to court records obtained and posted by, by way of Reality TV Magazine. He was headed to Hollywood after impressing the judges with his singing, and his story. But Watson tells Pegasus News that two days before he was scheduled to leave for Hollywood, he received a call saying that he would not be competing anymore "for unknown reasons." "Idol" producers did not comment on their withdrawn invitation.

Meanwhile, another contestant from San Antonio, facemaker Ashlyn Carr, was reportedly arrested in August for pouring sugar into the gas tank of her ex-boyfriend's car while a student at Sam Houston State University, according to a report in The Houstonian Online.

When confronted by police, says the Houstonian, Carr confessed to the crime.

A spokesman for FOX had no comment.


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Legalize pot.

2785 days ago


He never should have been booted for a pot charge over 3 years ago. Just about everyone has tried or smokes pot. This is insane. The contest is about who can sing. I am sure Kelly Clarkson has been hitting the blunt since she has won. Hell Paula is on something everynight, why haven't they booted her?

2785 days ago


I'm glad they have the ability to look into someone's past. I know some may complain and say "it's their past, you can't hold it against them now", but I absolutely agree that you should. You shouldn't be allowed to go forward on the show and walk away with thousands of dollars in cash and publicity when you chose to break the law however-many years/months ago. It's not fair to the people who walk the straight and narrow and do what they're supposed to. Not to mention they LIE when they sign the waiver stating that they don't have a criminal history. Too bad. Don't lie and don't do bad things and maybe you'll be able to succeed in life.

2785 days ago


UH, nice try, over rated. Not everyone has tried or smokes pot. Nice generalization! Just because YOU'RE a loser and you seem to think everyone else is a loser like you doesn't mean they are. There ARE some people in the world that can have a fun, eventful, enjoyable life WITHOUT being on drugs. Idiot.

2785 days ago

Only in    

There are some issues here that must be addressed. Drugs and Vandalism.What kind of role models can these people for those who watch A I .I knew something was wrong with these two. A I please be move careful when screening the people.And Thank-You tmz for bringing us this story

2785 days ago

coco puff    

American Idol is a RACIST show. They don't have enough African Americans on the show. Everyone knows that African Americans have more talent when it comes to singing and dancing. We need more representation on this show. I am going to write the show and tell them how RACIST they are. I will never stop my fight against RACISM. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!!!

2785 days ago


Every year they find something on someone. It's unfortunate. If your not squeaky clean don't tryout. They hire detectives to dig into your past and you can't hide from it.

2785 days ago



Paula Abdul is either stoned or drunk or both every day, but they let this guy go because of something he did 4 yrs. ago...

And hey Kristen: you're the IDIOT. Your assumption that someone is an idiot only proves that you are what you mock. Nice generalization!

2785 days ago


Dumb ass, I said just about everyone, You are probably are obviously an uptight bitch. Get over your self. This happened 3 years ago. Just because someone has experienced in their past doesn't mean they should suffer for it later. Clinton smoked pot, Bush did cocaine. This is a stupid ass show about someone who can sing this charge should not matter. Before you run your mouth read what I wrote you.

2785 days ago


This is rediculous. Take a look at all the mainstream stars today. They are all messed up and continue to mess up. AI is about singing and who can sing the best. Jeez, everybody makes mistakes once or twice in their life. That's how we learn. This is BS. Also not everyone that smokes pot are losers kiddo! Ask the successful doctors, lawyers, and CEOs that use cannibus and perform their jobs quite well and also lead normal lives. Get educated before you make judgements!

2785 days ago


did "bo" get charge with some form of drug?

2785 days ago


I agree with several points.
1. Yes, leagalize pot
2. Paula is blitzed all the live long day and they have the nerve to dimiss this guy for a mistake he made 3 or 4 years ago. Hypocritical Indeed! Bo Bice was addicted to drugs and they didn't boot his ass. So lame!

2785 days ago


I know Farrah, "Idol" is just a bunch of RACISTS. NO JUSTICE NO PEACE.

2785 days ago


I agree with #1.......

2785 days ago

Michelle LL    

This message is for over rated. Kristen has never done anything wrong in her life. She is a saint. When you speak to her, get down on your knees.
Ignorant bitch.

2785 days ago
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