Akron: "Idol" Knew About Pot Bust Before Audition

2/8/2007 1:58 PM PST
As rumors continue to swirl about why "American Idol" contestant Akron Watson was mysteriously booted from the show, the fallen wannabe is speaking out, claiming that FOX producers knew about a previous drug bust, "from the very very first day, before I even auditioned." Many idol contestants have entered the competition with lengthy criminal records.

On a radio interview with "Tony & Cappy In the Morning" at KDMX in Dallas, Watson said producers have still not come clean with him about why he was told he wouldn't be making the trip to Hollywood, less than 24 hours after millions watched Paula, Randy and Simon send him through to the next round. "I questioned and questioned, and they had a psychologist call me because they thought that I might be flipping out, but I just really wanted to know why I went down there and earned my ticket and didn't get a chance to go."

As TMZ reported yesterday, Watson was busted for pot possession in 2003. Many speculate that he was booted for not disclosing his record with producers. Watson, a Dallas native, earned a golden ticket to Hollywood during the San Antonio auditions. Reps for "Idol" had no comment on the controversy.