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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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61.

DeeDee    

The kid sucks. He's not singing he's yelling and if he ever did have a voice, he'll wreck it completely singing that way. Trust me.

2352 days ago
62.

bsb fan    

Syesha mercado or whatever her name is has been on tv before

and another one has had a record out...

this is not surprising. TMZ, how research all the contestants, not just one.

2352 days ago
63.

dangimold    

Watching David perform is like watching little childrens beauty pageants. Sure, they look good..and sound good...but its all too staged. Theres no reality in it. Wheres the reality tv?

Josiah would've been perfect for this..he was entertaining to watch! And he wasnt a stage monkey.

2352 days ago
64.

What Would Xmas Be Without Warrants Served In Annas Death    

I wonder if that hurt him as bad as it hurt me.

2352 days ago
65.

Twinker    

Bring back Josiah....

2352 days ago
66.

GERRY N    

People doubt their talent all the time. All real artists understand that.
Naturally since there are no real artists at TMZ this idea would have escaped you.

2352 days ago
67.

MH    

The kid looks like a gay little tranny

2352 days ago
68.

Alanna    

Bring back Josaiah? Are you kidding. THAT kid was a pretnetious little twerp. You're living in your car, kid? YOUR choice. Get a freaking job.

2352 days ago
69.

youdontsay...    

did it ever occur to you that maybe he doubted his talent because he's went through the traumatic experience of losing the use of a vocal cord?

2352 days ago
70.

G!    

This guy did sing when he was younger and was on Star Search. He hasn't broken any rules and he probably doubted it because of his vocal cord paralysis. Stop demonizing everyone!

2352 days ago
71.

Gina    

This isn't news. It's been out for a while that most of the top 24 have had some sort of success (even if it's TEEEEEEENY) already.

Hell, Britney Spears' ex-boyfriend (who just so happened to open for her a lot of years ago), Is one of the top 24.

2352 days ago
72.

I love Tupac    

I think he is a cute little guy. And I hope he goes far in the competition.

2352 days ago
73.

I laugh at other's misfortunes    

Hey Evan Knudsen....you were 3rd and 6th........not first. F**K OFF!!!

2352 days ago
74.

durbs    

doesn't bother me as much as the Irish chick who's had millions spent on her album which flopped - no mention of THAT by the judges and the fact she changed her last name to throw people off is kinda shady. (think she sucks btw).

2352 days ago
75.

lana    

so what hes got a great voice

2352 days ago
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