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Archuleta's Dad Banished from "Idol"

5/10/2008 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned David Archuleta's dad, Jeff, has been officially banned from "American Idol."

Here's how it went down. "Idol" sources tell TMZ Jeff has been a complete pain in the ass, interfering with the entire production. He has badgered producers, the band, vocal coaches and even other contestants. The final straw came this week, when Jeff wanted to change the lyrics to David's first song, "Stand By Me." Jeff insisted on adding a verse from Sean Kingston's hit, "Beautiful Girls." Producers sent him an e-mail telling him the lyrics could not be changed. They were beyond pissed when David sang the song with Kingston's lyrics during the live show.

We're told by changing the lyrics, it created problems with the song's publisher and cost "A.I." a lot of money.

Jeff was ordered to sit with "A.I." lawyers on Wednesday, who told him he was "banned from being in the rooms where David was learning or rehearsing his songs." It's "Idol's" position, since David is 17, he does not need a guardian -- just a teacher. Jeff will be allowed to sit in the audience during the live show but he's 86'd from anything backstage.

Sources say the other contestants were fed up with Jeff and didn't want him near them. Now they have their wish.

All in all, sources say Jeff is the stage dad from hell. BTW, he was banned on the set when David did "Star Search" a few years back.


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wow i am very amazed at all the comments i read here today! David Archuleta is a great talent! He has amazing vocal range and abilities. I read a few comments saying that the only ppl that like his singing are teen girls in his age range, well i am a bit older then him and i think he is amazing. i love his ballad songs and i think he feels all his music! If his dad is crazy its not his fault! although i dont think he is going to win because i believe David Cook is the best, i think he is goin to be in the top 2. thats all for now.


2354 days ago


Get real people. David can't help what his dad is or isn't doing if this is true, which I doubt, I sure David A wins. He ia a very humble and talented kid.

2354 days ago


Don't worry, they will both be off the show next week.

2354 days ago

Robert Abrahamson    

It's bad enough American Idol has ruined the show with it's voting system that makes it a populatity show
and not a show about singing talent.
Now they are letting the parents and the singers re-write the rule book with adding their extra lyrics.
Simon should move on and stop embarassing himself by being on TV with the guy that refers to people as dogs and women
as dudes and the other judge who should have a urine test prior to every show.
I would really love to be a fly on the wall in the Archuletta home to see what really goes on with Daddy Dearest.

2354 days ago


David is very talented, but not ready to be American Idol. He is way too immature and Dad needs to let him grow up on his own. I think that Cook will probably win and that Sayisha is headed for Broadway. Cook is a rocker all the way.

2354 days ago

kelly karr    

david archulaetta is such a wussy boy. you can tell when he speaks in public. hes also soooooooooooo gay!!!!!!! does anyone see that hes gay!!! i woder how many little boys and big boys will vote for him. did his dad make him gay too!!

2353 days ago

Harden Raiford    

father and son should have been 86 long time ago. the kid is a puppet and his wacko dad pulling strings. ms. mecardo you will be miss.

2353 days ago

Harden Raiford    


2353 days ago


Everyone vote for David Cook! That kid is too young to be an Idol of anything let alone--America. Will be reading about him every week if he wins. TOOOO YOUNG to handle the fame. His dad is pushing too hard. Nothing normal about this kid!! If nothing else, save his sanity. He is on the verge of a breakdown every week!!!!!!! Put him back in the ocean and catch him when he is grown up some!!!!! Something 'ain't' right about the whole thing. Idol has already bought and paid for him, he will be fine with second place. Still won't be able to handle that, but AI will still make a lot of $$. He is an excellent singer, but it all sounds the same same same. Where is his 'out of the box' performance/s? Haven't seen any. Everyone else was supposed to be diverse, but not him???? What's the deal??? Last year I'm watching. Boring for the most part--Cook at least has changed it up some.

2353 days ago


David strikes me as being mildly mentally retarded. He just acts & looks so silly. I don't know of many boys that age that act that goofy. Do you? Maybe his overbearing father has stunted his mental growth. David is not Idol material. He is a good singer, but has nothing else to offer at this point in his life.

2353 days ago


If this is true, then I feel bad for David. If this is not true, then I feel bad for Jeff and David.

BUT....if you don't like what TMZ has to say, then why do you come to this site? If you don't believe them, then why take the time to type in and read what they have to say? my guess is you like David A and you hate when people talk bad about him. He is on A.I. it is gonna be part of his life to have people write negative stuff about him and his family. If he didn't want this attention then he should never have tried out for Star Search or American Idol.

2353 days ago

Lady Di    

The added lyric "Beautiful Girl" from Sean Kingston in Archuleta's "Stand By Me" performance was brilliant, in my opinion. For me, it made the song current, and more importantly, memorable. Stage Dad Jeff may be a pain in the ass, but he seems to know what he's doing.

2352 days ago


I think David is a great singer, and maybe he needed his dad to shove him in the right direction. now that he is there, his dad needs to back off, and let the kid do what he wants, and how he wants. it his starring moment, not his dads. But, i want David Cook to win anyways, but David A is a good singer.

2352 days ago

Jon's a grwon man...he did this to himself!    

S315. Re #140. Karen1214: You state that Mormonism is the worlds 4th largest religion, and in the same paragraph that you call someone else ignorant about Mormonism. Boy, is that the pot calling the kettle black, or what? That is so completely wrong it's absolutely laughable. Freakin' Scientology has more adherents than Mormonism. For your info, here's the top 22, and Mormons didn't quite make the cut...

Christianity: 2.1 billion
Islam: 1.5 billion
Cecular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 1.1 billion
Hinduism: 900 million
Chinese traditional religion: 394 million
Buddhism: 376 million
primal-indigenous: 300 million
African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million
Sikhism: 23 million
Juche: 19 million
Spiritism: 15 million
Judaism: 14 million
Baha'i: 7 million
Jainism: 4.2 million
Shinto: 4 million
Cao Dai: 4 million
Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million
Tenrikyo: 2 million
Neo-Paganism: 1 million
Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand
Rastafarianism: 600 thousand
Scientology: 500 thousand

Posted at 2:21PM on May 11th 2008 by Skidmore

The worldwide membership of LDS Church is over 12 million, with most living outside of the USA.

The reason that Latter-day Saints (Mormons) do not appear to be represented on this list is that they are included in the count under Christianity. If you would have taken a look at the pie-chart on the same page you took your information from, you would have seen this.

For those posters that keep insisting that the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormons) are not Christians, well, the definition of a Christian in the American Heritage Dictionary includes those "Professing belief in Jesus as Christ or following the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus". So by definition, they are Christians! The Book of Mormon is simply a history of the people in the Americas during biblical times. Believe it or not. There are those that believe the bible is fiction.

Why do detractors get so upset about these teachings, anyway? If you don't believe in the teachings of the Mormon Church, so be it. The right to religious freedom is one of the greatest freedoms we have in the US. We do not have a state- sponsored religion, although the Constitution was based on Christian values. I believe the real intent of the Constitution was to give people the right to chose the Christian-based institution they wanted to attend (in other words, a Christian religion which was outside the Church of England, ie., Puritans). I am of the opinion that the writers of the constitution were not even thinking of those outside of Christiandom, ie, Islam, Hindu, atheist, etc. But that's just what I think.

I'm not sure the story on Jeff Archuleta is accurate. There may have been a dispute of some kind but it seems to have been out of proportion. It is very possible that this is a problem between the producer and Jeff. I even think it is very possible that Jeff did not realize the issue was about money when he suggested the change in lyrics.
As for who will win American Idol, I'm leaning toward David Cook as he has shown more versatility. However, it may serve David C. better to NOT win as he would probably do just as well without being known as the winner of a reality show. Both have already "won" just having the exposure Idol brings. I expect many of the top ten will do very well as long as they make smart decisions.

2352 days ago

Jon's a grwon man...he did this to himself!    

Sorry about the empty space in my last post. Don't know why it happened.

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