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Jeff Archuleta -- Stage Dad From Hell

3/19/2008 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Archuleta David Archuleta's dad, Jeff, is a piece of work.

Sources close to "Star Search" tell TMZ that when David was a contestant back in the day, Jeff's behavior was so bad, he was eventually barred from the lot! The guards actually had a picture of Jeff's mug hanging in the guard shack in case he tried sneaking in.

We're also told the father of the year harassed Tiffany Evans, his "Star Search" rival, lurking outside her practices, even trying to coerce her into drinking milk before a show to ruin her voice. She didn't listen (obviously) and went on to win.

Sources also tell us Daddy Dearest sometimes screamed at his son and has even withheld water during rehearsals, even bringing his son to tears.

As far as "Idol" goes, we hear papa's wrath is still in full blossom. That might explain why Jeff, who normally sits in the audience, was replaced by other family members last week.

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Bubblebunny    

Call in Gloria Allred to rep the kid.

2375 days ago
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yoyo    

so

2375 days ago
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Tyra Banks    

He should be killed.

2375 days ago
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hot snot    

i love you guys at TMZ but you already reported this story either last week or the week before. I have a good memory. the only thing that is really new is that he was replaced in AI's audience. Maybe the guard shack pic too..but the rest is all the same.

I hate that kid. I would probably withold water from him too, in hopes he'd never be able to sing again. I didn't watch AI this week, and i already feel my soul coming back to me

2375 days ago
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Sabrina    

Hmm... sounds like my dad. I like how tmz is making a big deal about it. Too bad Britney's getting well because you guys have nothing else to report nowadays.

2375 days ago
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Remo    

That may all be well and true. But, the kid is still a doofus.

2375 days ago
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Daneen    

But...does he allow his son to use wire hangers?

2375 days ago
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Lynnc    

Hang in there David soon you will be on your own!
Wonder what his hang up is? Why doesn't the wife (Mother) do something?
Lynnc

2375 days ago
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Johnny Lawson    

serves this little punk ass right for butchering a Beatles song!!

2375 days ago
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Jenny    

Isn't this old news?

2375 days ago
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BETTYB    

AI needs to prohibit him from attending at all if that's what he's doing to this young boy. Sounds like David needs to have a guardian appointed by the courts....and fast!

2375 days ago
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Lyric    

Poor kid. He is goofy, but he seems pretty sweet. I can't stand parents like that who freak out about their kids extracurricular activities... sports, music, etc.

2375 days ago
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hot snot    

Already heard about this

2375 days ago
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Jenny    

Old news.
How can anyone bring sweet David Archuleta to tears?
That kid is going places whether he wins or not- hopefully he will leave his dad behind!

VOTE FOR DAVID ARCHULETA!

2375 days ago
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Mary Worth    

The kid will have a big confict between show business and his religion. I wish him well even though he does nothing for me!

2375 days ago
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