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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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Tom    

This kid needs a good personal manager and quick, before his control-freak father turns him into another in a long line of cautionary tales.

2379 days ago
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dank    

Go David. He is just 17 people. He will in time make is own decisions in life. He is a very very talented kid. We all make mistakes and his singing mistakes should not cost him the contest. How do you think a 17 year old would know a beatles song? I am 51 and I know them and dont like them.

2379 days ago
78.

dank    

GO DAVID AND NEVER LET ANYONE STOP YOU FROM YOUR DREAMS. YOU GOT IT KID!!!

2379 days ago
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Barb    

David is a GREAT singer and I hope he wins this, even if he doesn't he will still have a singing career. All you bad mouthers are just jealous you can't sing. Leave the poor kid alone. He is doing a great job. Didn't your mother ever tell you if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all. GO DAVID, I am behind you all the way.

2379 days ago
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Christina S    

All David needs to remember is that soon he will be 18, and will be able to cut that so called looser of a father off. Those stupid people who bag on him? Are just jealous and wish that they had half the talent that David does.

2379 days ago
81.

someone with intelligence unlike poor david's abusive dad    

David is the sweetest acting and most likable kid I have ever seen. He seems so humble and appreciative of everything he gets.

What a shame he is an abused child and he truly is.

He should leave home and never see that rotten man again and certainly not acknowledge him in any way when he makes it big and he WILL make it big.

He should never be allowed to around David or his siblings. Do the police know how bad he is.

How must he act at home? Scary huh?

God bless David.

2379 days ago
82.

carlotajam    

I AM SO SADDENED BY SOME OF THESE NEGATIVE RESPONSES. THE YOUNG MAN IS STILL BASICALLY A CHILD, MORE OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE THE HIGH STANDARDS THAT DAVID DOES. AN AMERICAN IDOL SHOULD BE SOMEONE YOUNG PEOPLE CAN EMMULATE SAFELY. DAVID DISPLAYS THE INNOCENSE OF YOUTH

I DON'T WANT MY CHILDREN IDOLIZING PEOPLE WITH TATOOS, PEARCED BODY PARTS AND TRASHY MOUTHS
OUR COUNTRY NEEDS MORE DAVIDS SO VOTE FOR THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

VOTE FOR DAVID A. GO FOR IT DAVID! YOU'VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES!

2378 days ago
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idolfan    

Kudos to Simon for exposing this monster/creep to the whole world!!!!! He would not have said anything if he did not suspect something. Simon is honest and tells it like it is. Poor David Archuletta! He does seem to be a sweet kid and does have some talent. And he does not deserve to the wrath of a father like that. His mother should tell him to get out of their lives. I would NEVER let a man--his dad or otherwise treat my son like that!!!!!!!!!!! HE NEEDS TO GO INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SHOW otherwise. I feel for David, but do not feel he should win if he does not step up EVERY TIME from now on. My Top 3 are Michael, Carly, and David C.

2377 days ago
84.

Anna    

TMZ makes up a bunch of crap.

TMZ papparrazzi are stalkers. Leave these poor celebrities alone TMZ!

2377 days ago
85.

Anna    

You guys are very gullible to actually believe the crap stories that TMZ makes up.

2377 days ago
86.

Jenny    

I LOVE YOU DAVID ARCHULETA!!!!!!!!!!!

2376 days ago
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jellybelly    

David is a talented young man. It is a shame that he has such a horrible father. That man should not be allowed anywhere near Idol. David may not win the competition, but he will go far with his talent. I understand people are intitled to thier own opinion, but I also feel that some people should keep thier opinions to themselves. There is a difference in constructive and just plain heartless. That goes for his father as well as some of the other readers.

2373 days ago
88.

JusticeMan    

This kids dad is a total psycho and should be executed by firing squad immediately.

2305 days ago
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sad day    

DADDY DEARIST IS LOOKING OVER HIS LITTLE INVESTMENT!!!!!!

It is pretty pathtic that David is being controled my this MAN called hi FATHER. David keep a close eye on you income..DADDY DEARIST IS LOOKING FOR HIS SHARE. He needs to quite treat David like a BABY.


2372 days ago
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sad day    

COME ON PEOPLE, YOU CAN'T BELIEVE TMZ CRAP

Jeff Archuleta has to be a good father, look at David. His brother is nice to. Jeff LOVE's his family. Heck, he has 4 kids come on. You have to love them.

GO JEFF ARCHULETA......

PEACE

2371 days ago
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