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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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debbie    

AHHH WHO CARES, i LOVE american idol but man these kids are not stars OR ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE THEM STARS BEFORE THEY should be stars, makes ya wonder

2350 days ago
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Jennifer    

Oh my god! Say it ain't so! American Idol isn't real???

2350 days ago
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annoyed    

I love seeing people who think they are FIRST when they are actually 3rd, 5th, 6th, etc.....LOL

2350 days ago
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Lizard    

If you need dirt to be dug up on someone - TZM is the people to call. LMAO



2350 days ago
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Alicia    

What the crap does it matter. The boy had paralysis to one of his vocal cords and couldnt sing for a while. He totally deserves a shot. Bet you would crap if u woke up and ur voice was gone huh....Quit being stupid and get over it people!!! Hes just a kid.

2350 days ago
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jema    

Ah cute, his website has been taken down but cache and wayback gives this bit from 2004

"He has since been featured on Janny Jones, and the last several months have included performing 3 times on Star Search, being seen on CBS' The Early Show. He is now in negotiations to record some new material and will be releasing a new CD soon."

2350 days ago
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tennishottie    

Please don't tell me this is true. I loved that kid. I thought he was precious. If it is true, I am going to whip his ass.

2350 days ago
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TiReDoFfAtCoMmEnTs    

Idol isn't about people who have never tried to be something.
It's for people who aren't or who have tried and are still not "the american dream".
The guy apparently had vocal paralyzation.. And he's back at it for another try!
Go For the Gold Buddy!!

2350 days ago
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buzzbomber    

Here are the facts. This so called "singer" is a fraud. He is performing using the transplanted vocal chords of the late Mel Torme. Look closely and you can see the scar. RIP Velvet Fog

2350 days ago
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,    

They are either phony or criminals lol ... lately some of them r going to jail - or they've already been there ... That show sucks.

2350 days ago
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Classicrockgoddess    

I dont understand........even if he was on another show like 4 or 5 years ago whats it matter now? He has a great voice and u can get know better on american idol than most other shows anyway. Get a life TMZ

2350 days ago
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Stacy    

This seems to be the thing with this year's American Idol.. with him, Kristy Lee Cook, and the Irish chick. But it's definitely not new.. take Malinda Doolittle from last year as an example of someone with a lot of experience. It's the internet rumor that Cook was brought in as the ringer this year.

2350 days ago
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Amy    

whatever, Kristy Lee Cook had two record deals before this. How is that for small town girl that had to sell a horse to get to her audition...yeah right.

2350 days ago
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sara    

He was also a the winner in the junior category of Star Search in 2003!!!!!!!!!!!!1

2350 days ago
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Tami    

He never had a record contract, get your facts straight, he won Jr. Starsearch, but that never gave him a record contract, that's why he was on Jenny Jones. AND there are two stupid chicks on AI now that BOTH had record contracts and flopped, yet they are there! David has a natural talent and can sing anyone his age under the table, get over it!

2350 days ago
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