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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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Maria V    

This David boy is very talented, he will be the one to make it in the music world. I wish him all the best.

2347 days ago
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Julie Clark    

The Deseret News reports that these accusations have no basis in fact. Check out Deseretnews.com

2347 days ago
48.

Dan    

That was really nice of David's dad to offer that Star Search contestant a glass of milk. It does a body good, ya know?

2347 days ago
49.

mrweeks    

I was at that show taping last week, i was right next to the family members of David Archuletta , i did see Jeff the dad talking with Nigel off to the side during the taping.. David's sister looks like she got beat hard with the ugly stick!!!! what a piece of art...While all the other family members of the contestants where so nice, Archuletta's where a bunch of stuck up mormans. I feel for that kid.

2347 days ago
50.

Reta    

this kid is being rammed down own throats by the media hype as the "winner" already...in spite of butchering his song in four places!! AND duh, hasn't ANYBODY but me noticed the very obvious LISP he has when he sings? Not too pretty sounding. Donald Sutherland anyone? Seems to be a lot of lisping voices on the airwaves, which i just don't get on your normal everyday verbal radio or TV show, or movie, but a SINGING contest??? Someone along the line should have really worked on that with the kid. IF he wins, the fix is in.

2347 days ago
51.

memfrica    

I cant stand to look at him. He is always sticking his fat tongue out when he is singing. He licks his lips with that fat tongue about ten times during each performance. Archuletta please keep your tongue in your mouth if your lips are dry get your dad to buy you some chapstick! Gross out factor 10

2347 days ago
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QUINCYGIRL    

KEEP THE IDIOT DAD AWAY FROM HIS SON.!!!! MOM NEEDS TO SLAP THIS GUY UNDER A BUS. LET THE KID SING AND LEAVE HIM ALONE. SOUNDS LIKE CHILD ABUSE TO ME, SOMEONE NEEDS TO CALL CHILDRENS SERVICES AND HELP OUT THIS CHILD AND HIS MOM. MAYBE MOM IS SCARED TO DEATH OF THIS IDIOT FOR A HUSBAND. PAY ATTENTION AMERICAN IDOL, YOU MAY BE DOING THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD FOR DAVID BY KEEPING HIS DAD AWAY FROM HIM, JUST LOOK AT THE STATISTICS, KEEP DAVID SAFE!!!!!!!!!!

2347 days ago
53.

eve ybarra    

obviously we have another parent trying to live their life through their kid very sad but this kid seems very down to earth and grounded I wish him the best his has many years ahead of him.

2347 days ago
54.

hovester    

I know and worked with Jeff a long time ago. I'm not shocked to hear this. He was a little "off his rocker" at that time. I think David has a lot of talent, Jeff just needs to back off so he doesn't forget the words to his song, etc.

2347 days ago
55.

TJ    

great voice!

2347 days ago
56.

idolisfixed    

that kid needs to be taken away from his loser dad and not be thrown to the wolves of hollywood.he sings and reminds me of a highschool music show.but old simon loves loves loves him and he forgets words and only sings ballads.i guess their is to much money behind chris daughtry to have another rocker davidcook,who should win this season,,,but no lets push the crying child through maybe we can have another miley ,,,,,, only in hollyweird,,,,and if you have not lived their you just wont get it,,,,dream on.david cook should win idol this season download hello on you tube its great !

2347 days ago
57.

elizabeth    

People are stupid, TMZ is trashing the pathetic stage dad not the kid. I hope the stage dad chokes on milk.

2347 days ago
58.

Tired and Ready for A Nap    

His father should get his own life and stop living through his kid. Shame on him.

2347 days ago
59.

sad day    

IT ALLL ABOUT THE MONEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
SUPPORT THAT MORMON CULT....................

2347 days ago
60.

Glisten Garbor    

Where's the mother?

2347 days ago
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