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"A.I." Contestant's "At-Risk" Past

3/5/2008 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Danny Noriega"American Idol" wannabe Danny Noriega has issues.

We found out Danny attended Sierra (Continuation) High School in Azusa, Calif., a school dedicated to "at-risk" kids.

The crowd at the school? According to Sierra High's website, students are "significantly behind in credits -- and at risk of not graduating -- who want a second chance to succeed and achieve a high school diploma."

Danny graduated last year, but school sources tell us he had a rough time, working through his "gothic" phase -- that's when Danny boy went on his Christmas video rampage. One source says Danny had "multiple issues" which landed him at the school.

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Jen    

Does anyone else think this kid is Jessica Alba's long lost relative? It just scares me to watch sometimes - he looks sooooo much like her. He needs to go home anyway, so who cares where he went to school? This is a singing competition and he just doesn't cut it.

And as for the haters who think AI goes too far with the "background" of these contestants - better it comes out now than later - part of the beast - get over it!

2421 days ago
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tori    

PHOEBE CATES!!! Remember her?

2421 days ago
18.

Renee    

Danny had issues, still has issues and always will have issues. So what else is new????

2421 days ago
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Blissfull    

Teenage time is a hard time, we all had some sort of problem at one time or another. At what point do you ever get to grow up and let the past go in the eyes of the public? His Christmas video was not that bad, and hey he graduated and has brought himself up from there, we should all be so lucky. Be happy for him!

2421 days ago
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ATLchick    

This is supposed to be shocking? He clearly has issues, but I LOVE him!

2421 days ago
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Molly    

Who cares!

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22.

Mich    

I live in the ciy next to Azusa. Actually Sierra High school is in Glendora city limits. It's actually a school for retards, druggies ,basically f-ups! I guess Danny belongs there after the Xmas video. Poor boy is so confused with his sexuality that I'm sure it interfered with his school. He has so much anger inside of him. Really I can't wait for him to get voted off. Oh an BTW he could be related to Jessica Alba Pomona is only 10min. from his home!

2421 days ago
23.

Emma    

WHO CARES?? These people have enough talent to have made it to American Idol - I'm GLAD he overcame his at-risk past or past stripping careers etc - Don't you think self-made celebrities have some skeletons in their closets?? Let's focus on some good celeb gossip instead of poor American Idols.

2421 days ago
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hyperphreak    

he is a queer anyway so who cares. He can go on a rampage and kill britney and then off himself afterwards to do us all a favor

2421 days ago
25.

Switch    

So What?? every kid has issues at some point... some worse than others

... and what does this half to do with singing??

2421 days ago
26.

Monkey1371    

How desperate are we now in the 24 hour news cycle that ANYTHING passes for news......CNN Breaking news right now is "Bush Endorses McCain"...I am sure we are all shocked by that...Did not see that coming....Deserves a "Breaking News" headline...

To operators of "Content" sites like this....It is ok to leave stories up for beyond 10 minutes....You do not need to find any piece of drivel (Like this story on Noriega) just because your previous story has been up for 15 minutes.....

The only thing worse is the "Fake Outrage" that comes from stories like this or all the people "Outraged" by the dumb ramblings of a rebellious teenager during his "Christmas" video,...of all the horrors in this world, they are outraged because a 15 year old said he hopes "Santa rapes your mother"...Glad we have our "OUTRAGE" priorities straight.

2421 days ago
27.

Switch    

* have

2421 days ago
28.

pimp    

is it just me or does anyone else get the feeling that he is/will be a tranny?

2421 days ago
29.

noitall    

THERE IS SOMETHING SOOOOO VILE AND GROSS ABOUT THIS LITTLE HE/SHE.... BESIDES THE FACT THAT HE/SHE IS EXTREMELY RUDE AND NOT REALLY TALENTED.

2421 days ago
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Brian    

This guy I hope is gone, he is a piece of s**t, go crawl back under a rock...

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