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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.

Watch TMZ TV tonight for everything else we uncovered. Check local listings.

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46.

Kory    

Why does that make him a phony??? Damn haters. Kid is good and if he isnt breaking any of the contest rules then he deserves to be there!!

2445 days ago
47.

Dean    

I thought he sounded bad here.Nothing but shouting.Very annoying.

2445 days ago
48.

lyndee    

Oh leave him alone! He's awsome! Plus, he's a good little mormon boy. I don't see him putting on this show and it all being phony. Let us enjoy our damn AI without tainting it!!!!!!

2445 days ago
49.

hurl    

Where have you been TMZ? It has been widely reported that several of the finalists have had record deals and singing careers in the past. Here is just one example, and there are many others

http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2008/01/carly-smithson.html

2445 days ago
50.

MH    

They all suck anyway. The show is for little girls and grandmas

2445 days ago
51.

James    

Uhm...there is more than just one in the top 25 who had a record deal. I know for a fact! Do some investigating. You'll find it.

2445 days ago
52.

Area 51    

This kid absolutely did not cheat.

2445 days ago
53.

MIA's Finest    

WHO GIVES A F**K!!! AMERICAN IDOL SUCKS ANYWAYS, WHAT OTHER SHOW IS THERE WHEN THE LOSERS ARE MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN THE WINNERS.

2445 days ago
54.

Moose    

Jennie Jones? When was the last time she was relevant?

2445 days ago
55.

Rosalee    

ARGH!
put a gag in his mouth..........my ears have signed off

2445 days ago
56.

dangimold    

Ya..i wanted to see the Josiah kid make it. I was pretty shocked when after all that air time he was booted.

He looked like he was gonna kill himself. Can we have an update on Josiah..somebody!?

This guy seems way too phony..rehearsed..etc Kids who have performing all their life lack a certain raw emotion...

2445 days ago
57.

One for the road    

Fourty-eighth wo ho!!

Does it really make a difference, what somone does before they get a chance on AI!!
He isnt the first one with prior experiance...LET IT GO PEOPLE.

2445 days ago
58.

Beth    

Uhm, guys....this isn't anything new at all. The guys over at Vote for the Worst have had this information for a long time now. IN fact, they've had several interesting details for several of the contestants. A good half of them are pretty much producer plants. See: http://votefortheworst.com/americanidol7contestants

2445 days ago
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Rick James Jr.    

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60.

Beest    

Hey I like this kid. He's really cute and talented. Who cares if he was on Jenny Jones? TMZ you should leave him alone.

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