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'Idol' Dominatrix -- No Stranger to Chaps

1/29/2010 2:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The whip-toting, leather-clad "American Idol" contestant on Wednesday's show is used to sexing it up in front of large crowds -- she was once a chaps-wearing booty shaker for an Arena Football team.

Erica Rhodes

TMZ has found photos of Erica Rhodes from her stint as a dancer for the Dallas Desperados -- which were taken back in '06 and '07 when the AFL still existed.

As long as Erica keeps wearing leather ... we'll be rooting for her.

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