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"American Idol" Top 36 -- Only One Ex-Con?

2/14/2009 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It seems as though you can count on every group of fresh-faced "American Idol" finalists to harbor at least a few hardened criminals. But surprisingly, it looks like only one of this year's Top 36 has spent time in the slammer.

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Jessica Langseth, a singer from Minneapolis, was busted a few years back on DUI. She pled guilty, spent four days in jail and was put on probation for two years -- more than enough time to master the art of bare-knuckled combat. Jessica's probation was cut short and she officially became a free woman last December.

Let's just hope there aren't any sharpened toothbrushes lying around the set. You know, for Simon's sake.

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Annia    

He is now a grammy winner for his CD-TURN AROUND. It's awsome. You guys need to check it out. Sure, he is now a born again Christian, but he has not lose the magic licks on his guitar. As for his sister, Jesse, so what if she doe stupid thing in her younger days, who hasn't? No one was killed, she paid the price for the bad choice she made, move on. I have a brother, who is going to be 50 in a few months, still doing stupid thing over and over again. Must be a guy thing. One of my friends, who is gorgeous, BTW, drove drunk & was put on probation for 2 years & lost a priviledge to drive after 7 pm, he will be free from his probation this December. My point is, he is still my friend, still has a job, and still keep on living, and he does not drink and drive anymore. He has learned his lesson & I am sure Jesse has, too. Best of luck to her. I think she is quite intriqing individual. Will see what she will bring to the table. If she anything as taltented as her brother, we're going to be entertained!

1969 days ago
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toofastforyou!    

EWE EWE IM FIRST!

1976 days ago
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The Dude    

She looked better as a blonde...even with the stoned red eyes..

1976 days ago
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Nayib    

YAY TMZ!!!

Let's destroy these young people before they get a chance to achieve anything!!! BRAVO!!

You can always depend on TMZ !!!

TMZ rocks!!!

1976 days ago
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She's so cute    

I am pretty sure she is Jonny Lang's sister. That's probably why they kept her in.

1976 days ago
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Jenn    

I haven't heard many people mention that she is Johnny Lang (formerly known ad Kid Johnny Lang)'s little sister.

1976 days ago
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Cold Pizza    

When your related to a celeb shouldnt you expect some kind of criminal past? Either way i doubt she will make it very far.

1976 days ago
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Spellchamp    

Let me get this straight, TMZ. You actually pay people to investigate the backgrounds of contestants on AI, just so you can post a tiny article about any wrongdoers? And further, you do this to cause idiots like me to write a comment, which makes you more and more money, based on the volume of comments?

Just checking....

1976 days ago
9.

Jim    

4 days in jail for a DUI? Either that wasn't her first offense or she did something else too

1976 days ago
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Melanie    

Question??? Is this girl related to Jonny Lang?? On IMDB they say that he has a younger sister named Jessica and his real last name is Langseth.

1976 days ago
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r    

The minneapolis star tribune did something a couple weeks ago stating she was his sister.

http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/music/38806547.html?elr=KArksUUUU

1976 days ago
12.

I Smell Michael Burning in Hell - AHHHHH! AAAAAH!    

Why is this show still on the air? What kind of low-life trailer trash even watch it?
Seriously, if you are older than 13 and care, you are a loser and your family is ashamed of you.

1976 days ago
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St. Paul girl    


About 20 percent of drivers in Minnesota have DUIs. I also got busted a few years ago with a .08. The last few years they REALLY bumped up the police looking for drunk drivers. They will pull you over for no reason here. It's very common to have a DUI in Minnesota - if you don't have one you must not drink or you never drive. But if you do both of them you will get caught.

Is Johnny Lang even famous anymore? I mentioned Jesse Langseth was his sister and a few people in age range 20-25 had no clue who Johnny Lang even is and we all live in Minnesota. That's probably why they haven't mentioned it.

1976 days ago
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Foot Fetish    

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAAHAAAHAHHAAAAA@BACKSTREET BOOZERS!!! THE TITLE IS HILARIOUS,THE DUDE COMING UP WITH THE LATEST TITLES LIKE OCTOMOM AND SLIMEDOG MILLIONAIRE AND The Brady Bulge AND Bon Jovi Sues -- Hands Off My Soul! IS AWESOME AND HUMOROUS,AT LAST YOU HAVE A VERY GOOD EMPLOYEE TMZ,HOLD ON TO THIS DUDE WITH YOUR TEETH

1975 days ago
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allen antrim    

well we know she is no "real" talent as she would have only gotten an hour for a dui if she was

1975 days ago
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