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"Idol" Contestant a Giant Phony?

2/14/2008 7:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Last night, 16-year-old "Idol" contestant David Archuleta said he "doubted" his talent. We're calling his bluff!


This kid's been a pro for years. TMZ tracked down one of his earlier (and chubbier) performances from the"Jenny Jones" show. Jennifer Hudson eat your heart out -- the kid killed it with a version of "And I Am Telling You ..."

"Jones" wasn't his only pre-"Idol" TV appearance and he may have even had a record deal! For the record, FOX tells us that contestants cannot currently have a management or recording contract.

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Robin    

C'mon you guys. This kid is fantastic, and to disrespect his real talent is really unfair. He's only a child, and has pipes like a pro! Even if he has been paid in the past for a performance of any type (e.g., "pro") he's among many other previous idol contestants in past years. Many of these people are "real musicians/singers" who have worked in clubs, sang at weddings, etc. Even one of the girls told us in her video clip on the show this week that she is an actress and was in a commercial. So what? They're on AI to try to get their "big break" - not to try and "cheat their way to the top". They would have been weeded out of the competition a long time ago if they were the case. Go David, I say! Peace out.

2324 days ago
257.

bamaidolwatcher    

I think he is awesome! Stop trying to dig up dirt and just admit the kid is good! Not one of those contestants has half as much talent as he does.

2324 days ago
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Lorie Ann    

Carly Smithson (left) and Michael Johns (right) both had already had record deals before they went on "American Idol." (FOX)Michael Johns, formerly a band frontman named Michael Lee, had a record deal five years ago.
Contestant Kristi Lee Cook also signed a recording deal in 2001.
These are the ones who have all had deals nothing is found on him except that he was on star search.

2323 days ago
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dumb post    

David had entered Star Search...may have won...so what? Does that means he's a full-fledged 'Pro' like u suggested? If I may quote from an article I read..All this brouhaha bout his 'past experience' "it's just like playing in a Junior league, and now he's like trying to break into the Professional field"..So are u saying that all our Junior League players shouldn't try to get into professional circuit 'because they have got their chance'? so stupid
And about u saing he's a phony cos he's insecure when he had been singing since a young kid..Listen to his voice before and his voice now..do they sound the same? Instead of just dealing with the normal voice change every boy faces,he also had to struggle with the vocal cord paralysis. Can't u see how he cud have been insecure? or perhaps ur soul r just so tainted with the corrupted world today that u just can't see it. It's like he has to start singing all over again, train and get control of his voice all over again. Thankfully his voice is better now, but I dun think he sees it that way. I'm thinking that he's thinking bout all the voice range he had before, and lost by him now (dun think he'll be able to pull off "i'm telling u i'm not going" with all the high notes like before; and i hope he won't try coz it might damage his cords further)...which is why he's being insecure. And if u guys see through his past performance as a young kid, and now as a teen, u'll see that he looked much more confident before rather than now. Maybe because now he's a teen and shy and awkward, but personally i think his voice-change and vocal-paralysis really shook his confidence up. So we need to support a great talent like him, help him build back his confidence...and not trashing him to slanderous and baseless articles like this!! Shame on u TMZ...u dun have to be a sourgrape just becoz the kid is a zillionth times better than u!!

2323 days ago
260.

Rouby    

Thanks for the great info...

2323 days ago
261.

Debra R.    

I agree with Lillz and Dan R. leave the kid alone. It would be great to see someone so genuine and down to earth win idol. And he seems super nice!

2256 days ago
262.

Karen    

You guys suck! This kid is an outstanding talent, is humble and down-to-earth, cute and likable. He was in a contest at age 12 and performed on Jenny Jones,and for that you want to hang him?! Get real! The rest of his experience is singing at church functions and the school talent show. For that he should be banned from American Idol? Good grief! A lot of the others have put albums out and have performed as opening acts for real stars.How "experienced" can you be at 16? Between the age of 12 when he won Jr. Star Search and 16, he had two years when he couldn't sing at all. Now his dream is back on track and you are trying to derail this sweetheart. How low can you go?

I am besotted with the kid. I love his soaring vocals, the passion in his singing. I feel kicked in the gut when I hear him sing. If there's any justice in the world, he will win AI in a walk. Leave David alone, you losers!

2314 days ago
263.

Karen    

You guys suck! This kid is an outstanding talent, is humble and down-to-earth, cute and likable. He was in a contest at age 12 and performed on Jenny Jones,and for that you want to hang him?! Get real! The rest of his experience is singing at church functions and the school talent show. For that he should be banned from American Idol? Good grief! A lot of the others have put albums out and have performed as opening acts for real stars.How "experienced" can you be at 16? Between the age of 12 when he won Jr. Star Search and 16, he had two years when he couldn't sing at all. Now his dream is back on track and you are trying to derail this sweetheart. How low can you go?

I am besotted with the kid. I love his soaring vocals, the passion in his singing. I feel kicked in the gut when I hear him sing. If there's any justice in the world, he will win AI in a walk. Leave David alone, you losers!

2314 days ago
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Debra R.    

David is an awsome kid with real talent and everyone who disagrees is an idiot! Leave him alone! I hope (along with millions of others),that he wins Idol!

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