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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 "Idol" producers did not comment on their withdrawn invitation.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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Proof American Idol has a double standard. Here is the story (at the time of the show) from the Smoking Gun about Bo Bice's multiple drug arrest:

One of the five remaining "American Idol" finalists was once arrested for felony cocaine possession, but had the charge--and a separate marijuana count--dismissed last year after completing a so-called "diversion program," The Smoking Gun has learned. Harold "Bo" Bice, 29, was busted in June 2001 by Huntsville, Alabama cops and hit with the drug count, a Class C felony, according to the below warrant. He was arrested again in July 2003 near Birmingham and charged with marijuana possession, public intoxication, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court record. He pleaded guilty to the latter two misdemeanors in December 2004. The pot charge was dismissed after Bice's successful completion of the same diversion program that covered his prior cocaine bust. In that 2001 case, a District Court preliminary hearing was set for August 29, but when a Huntsville Police Department investigator did not show, Judge Susan Moquin dismissed the Bice case, according to a court docket. But with prosecutors prepared to refile the felony count, Bice later opted to enter a drug diversion program overseen by the district attorney's office, according to Heather Douglas, spokesperson for the Madison County D.A.. Bice formally entered the diversion program in 2003 following his pot arrest, and the two separate drug possession charges were effectively merged and covered by Bice's diversion program, according to a TSG source familiar with the cases (the cocaine charge was bounced on April 28, 2004, and the pot rap was dismissed five months ago). Bice was arrested on the cocaine charge after scoring about 1/2 a gram of the drug from an acquaintance at Huntsville's Silver Dollar strip club, according to a source.

Now the aforementioned story is about the dismissal of a black kid for what appears to be pot possession and sugar put into a gas tank by a black gilr and they are dismissed...Bo is lauded? C'mon people, you have to see the double standard..even if you are a racist.

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So it's okay to be arrested for coke (Bo) but not okay to be arrested for having a little grass? WTF? It's also okay for Paula to be wasted out of her gourd every show? Shame on you AI! Hypocrites!

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Well that's one contestant Paula can't hit the sheets with!

2814 days ago


Oooohhhh, a pot arrest! YAWNNNN!!!!

2814 days ago

Big Mac    

Hmmm… isn’t the issue here that Bo didn’t try to hide it and lie about it, and this guy did? I could definitely be wrong as I don’t watch the lame show.

Either way, maybe A.I. is turning a new leaf with the contestants. Perhaps, they have decided to stop allowing people with criminal backgrounds on the show. They reserve the right to do that.

I personally don't care what people do in their spare time, as long as they aren't huring others. However, A.I. is a business and I support their right to decide who they want representing them.

Anyway, that show is so freaking lame. Most of the people auditioning are uneducated losers who need to go back to school and contribute something real to our society and economy. The losers on that show are truly losers.

2814 days ago


Dam you can say Donald Trump a bum but at least he gave Miss USA Tara a second chance, "American Idol" doesn't give nobody second chance or someone to give them a shoot to change their lives. "American Idol" want people like Akron & this other woman(sorry can't remember her name) to stay down in the gutter while all they wanted to do is to get out. If iwere them, I would keep going with A.I.'s help. This is bullsh*t. All they need to do is to look at Jennifer Hudson. That should inspired them to keep going and show that A.I. made a mistake of not picking them. With all the stuff that going on behind the scenes with this show especially with Paula's antics, this show slowly but surely will end.

2814 days ago


It doesn't matter if you inform the show about your arrest record before they find it. The show is "American Idol" and the judges always try to make that a point. They need to make up their minds. Bo Bice was not a good example. When he bought the cocaine he was a bartender in a strip joint. Duh..I know it isn't "Miss USA" pageant but give me a break. If he was given a chance and made it to runner up then this guy should at least have a chance to make it to Hollywood and try. He only had a can do very little to be charged with that but a felony?
Bo Bice had to tell he had that considering her pleaded guilty on some of those charges in Dec 2004. He already knew he was going to AI in Hollywood at that time. He was just doing what he could to get it cleared. He has been a bad boy since and not a very good figure for American Idol.

2814 days ago


Opps, I meant to say "Akron & Ashlyn should go on without "A.I.'s help.

2814 days ago

i don't like this spoiled bitch    

Attention!!!!!! Attention!!!!!! AMERICAN IDOL IS A RACIST SHOW!!!!!!!!

2814 days ago


LEGALIZE POT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You are missing the point. First of all, the article did not say that Aslyn did not go to Hollywood or that she was later dismissed. It just said that she was reportedly arrested.

Second of all, we do not know exactly why Aston was uninvited to Hollywood.

Third of all, all of the contestants who were booted because of a criminal history were booted because they failed to disclose that history. When the story about Bo came out, AI said that they were aware of the history.

It is hard to claim the show is racist when one of the judges is African-American and two past winners are also African-American.

Also, there appears to have been a significant amount of African-Americans who made it to the final twelve. (I did not watch the first season or the one where Fantasia won, so I do not know the racial composition of the finalists those years.)

It might be true that the judges/show are/is anti-hip hop or rap, given that those are not categories that songs are chosen from after the initial audition rounds. Does that make the show racist, I don't think so.

2814 days ago

Big Mac    

Maybe A.I. has decided they are done trying to work with contestants who have criminal backgrounds. They reserve the right to make changes to their standards. Hopefully, that is what they are doing.

Blaming it on race is a weak argument. The show has always had a diverse group of contestants, winners, and even the judges are too.

2814 days ago

i don't like this spoiled bitch    

I see your point, but their have been more white winners than black. I will not continue on this blogg commenting on this issue. P.S, I have a right to"MY OPINION".

2814 days ago


Ha Ha! I go to school with that girl Ashlyn!! Go Bearkats

2814 days ago


Ya know what, American Idol invests a lot of their money turning totally unkown people in to household names. So they can make up any rules they want, If any one has a problem following them, fine they can go out and get a major recording contract on their own.

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