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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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91.

fox    

old news

2203 days ago
92.

Monique    

I, too, had an abusive parent like David. A physically and psychologically abusive parent only has room to love one person; themselves. His father is a treacherous egotist. He thrives only when he can dehumanize and objectify David. I know it well. I hope that it will not take 50 years for David to get the courage to stand up to this monster. Jeff Archuleta reminds me of Michael Jackson’s father.

2202 days ago
93.

sad day    

I like David Archuleta, I just wouldn't buy any of his music. Chris Daughtry kick butt. David just is not a good performer at ALL. He sing the same style. Just don't like. I like him for who he is.

2200 days ago
94.

MAS    

GOOOOOOOOO DAVID. YOU ARE ONE AWESOME SINGER. KICK DADDY TO THE CURB......

2198 days ago
95.

MAS    

DADDY ARCHULETA NEEDS TO QUIT LIVING HIS DREAMS THROUGH HIS SON AND LET DAVID BE. DAVID HAS GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE IT WITHOUT DADDY IN THE WINGS AND WAITING FOR HIS SON TO BRING IN THE MONEY..... DADDY ARCHULETA.... GET YOUR OWN LIFE....

2198 days ago
96.

Society is pathetic    

I think that David is one of the most talented contestants to be on AI. But even if you don't like him, you don't have to be rude about it. Society thrives on "dirt", it is so pathetic. You are just jealous because it is not you up on that stage. Try worrying about your own life and leave others alone. He will be a success even IF he doesn't win. GROW UP OR SHUT UP

2197 days ago
97.

hee    

From a David A. forum: Naomi Judd just mentioned on tv that the Dad is 'bad news'. She was on the red carpet for the the CMT Music Awards show and said she was talking to Paula backstage about what 'bad news' David's Dad is. Naomi was a judge on Star Search when David was on there. So, I guess it is no surprise that the kid is weird.

2193 days ago
98.

sad day    

David Dad is a control freak!!
He has been pimping David since he was young. If David was smart, he would lose the fool when he turns 18, which that might just happen.

2189 days ago
99.

PeeBear    

Last year it was Jillian Ricci (Sanjaya Malakar's mom) who clashed with the AI producers. When will these people realize that their kids cannot bankroll their parent's life?

2168 days ago
100.

Ginoinsf    

HANG TOUGH DAVID. DONT LET THE OLD MAN GET TO YOU. YOUR IN FOR GREAT THINGS EITHER WAY, IF YOU WIN OR LOSE. HANG TOUGH BUDDY

2167 days ago
101.

samantha    

The only people from HELL is TMZ.............Publishes nothing but TRASH. Get some real stories. LOSERS!

2167 days ago
102.

avid watcher    

Daivd you are the best, sweet and humble and I hope you always stay that way. I am sorry your dad reacts the way he does but forgive him and press on, he means well. He probably never had great success at anything in his life and he wants more for his children. You should win it all or even second place and I am sure you are going places and will have a singing career.

2167 days ago
103.

samantha    

Some of you people think you have all the answers. If you are not present and you have NO REAL FACTS but can only make assumptions. PLEASE stop trashing someone's talents, reputation and family. You are just horrible human beings. It sounds like you are soooooooooooo darn jealous of this young man. Why not spend more time getting a real talent you mean nasty human beings. Get a life. Simon Cowell was interviewed by TMZ today and he denied the story. TMZ SUCKS! I think Jeff Archuleta once this is over should sue them for "Defamation of his Charactrer" These trashy people need to learn something from these stupid remarks and rumors they spread. TMZ ARE THE PEOPLE FROM HELL!

2166 days ago
104.

samantha    

Naomi Judge's comments are INSANE. Now there is a PARENT from HELL. Is she looking for some new publicity for her and her talentless daughter? NAOMI Who? The ones with all the make up and plastic surgery faces? YUK! Who can even take her seriously. She is not even talented.

2166 days ago
105.

FRACK_YOU    

creepy... where is the mom in all of this? David is talented that's for sure... but I will not buy his CD until he grows some balls. He belongs in mickey mouse club... can you picture this ? David going head to head w/ Rihana, Madonna, kanye West and other amazing artists on the charts? Hells NO!!

2166 days ago
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