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'American Idol' -- The Cowboy Deception

2/3/2011 11:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

John Wayne is not who he appears to be ... at least, he's not the innocent, never-left-the-ranch, amateur singer he was made out to be on last night's "American Idol."

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Turns out, 23-year-old John Wayne Schulz has a pretty impressive past in the music world -- a past "Idol" producers conveniently neglected to mention when they painted him as an "aww shucks" wannabe who finally stumbled off the family ranch for the first time in his life to try out for the show.

JW not only released an album by the time he was 14 years old -- one of his songs was considered for 7 Grammy nominations!!!!

The CEO of John Wayne's old record label tells Billboard.com John only recorded that one album -- explaining, "He's of Mormon faith, and he had to go on his church mission. He was gone for two years, and we just weren't able to reconnect once he returned."

020311_american_idol_video_2Apparently, it's easier to connect with the folks over at "A.I."


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76.

Baylee13    

I don't give a sh*t what religion he is! The guy has talent. I have not watched any of the shows but I may start now.

1357 days ago
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Megan    

okay tmz John wayne isnt some professional singer hes a man of good character and good mormon faith,and right now hes a small town hero, hes played at our local restruant for years bringing joy to all of karnes county,before going on his mormon mission, now finally tring out for american idol to fullfill a dream of his mothers and your gonna hate on John wayne...not cool

1357 days ago
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Clara    

Ok EVERYONE who is trying to hate on John just because he's mormon. GET A LIFE! You shouldn't judge a person based on their faith. It's not right to ever hate someone. It says so right in the bible for all you "Christians" out there that are hating on him. Look it up. 1 John 4:19-21

I personally know John because he was my AVID tutor and he worked the after school program at my school. He is an AMAZING person and an even more amazing singer! He is the sweetest person and won't say a bad thing about anyone. Not even to the people who are talking crap about him.

Y'all should just give him a chance and not judge him because you don't know a thing about him unless you really get to know him.He will never ever try to be someone he's not. He is who he is and nothing less. Learn something about a person before you talk crap.(TMZ)& (haters)

1357 days ago
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luckystar    

Nobody ever said it was his first time, he has been playing local shows for years. Also, it wasn't a major record deal, it was a small time local record deal. Its not like his cd was sold in stores or anything. Oh and he wasn't nominated for a grammy. He had enough mentions to qualify to be nominated in 7 catagories, but never made the final cut. Who cares about his religion, that has nothing to do with his talent. This kid can sing. AI actually did an excellent job portraying his life, where he comes from, and the family that stands behind him. They are an amazing group of people. TMZ, maybe you should check your facts and not copy them from a college newspaper, written by students who didn't check their facts. This kid is the real deal. :)

1357 days ago
80.

don rychlick    

he LIE he shound not be on the show!

1357 days ago
81.

SeizeTheNight    

He seems like a nice enough guy. He sang one of my favorite songs in his audition and I enjoyed his performance. If you don't like the show, don't watch it. No one is forcing you.

1357 days ago
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lauren    

THIS IS A TOTAL DISAPOINTMENT. THE WORLD IS SOOOO NEGATIVE. I WENT TO SCHOOL AND GREW UP WITH JOHN WAYNE AND HE IS THE MOST DOWNRIGHT GOODHEARTED GENUINE PERSON YOU WILL EVER MEET. AND WHETHER YOU CHOOSE TO LIKE IT OR NOT HE HAS REAL TALENT AND HAS DONE AND EXCEEDED HIS OWN AND FAMILY'S EXPECTATIONS AND GOALS. HE DESERVES THIS CHANCE WITHOUT YOUR SHAMEFUL TRASH TALKING. AS BEING SOMEONE WHO PERSONALLY KNOWS HIM AND HIS FAMILY, SHUT THE HELL UP!!! AND MIGHT I ADD THAT EVEN THOUGH I AGREE THAT HE HAS HAD SOME GREAT EXPERIENCES AS A PERFORMER AND SONG WRITER, SHOULD NOT BE A CAUSE FOR YOU TO SIT HERE AND SAY THE SHOW WAS RIGGED. ITS THE COLD HARD EVIDENT TRUTH THAT HE IS A NATURAL. YOUR NEGATIVITY AND JUDGEMENT WILL HOLD TRUE WHEN YOUR DREAM COMES TRUE AND STRANGER QUICKLY SHAMES YOUR NAME FOR THEIR OWN SELF ENTERTAINMENT AND PITY.

1356 days ago
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lauren    

THIS IS A TOTAL DISAPOINTMENT. THE WORLD IS SOOOO NEGATIVE. I WENT TO SCHOOL AND GREW UP WITH JOHN WAYNE AND HE IS THE MOST DOWNRIGHT GOODHEARTED GENUINE PERSON YOU WILL EVER MEET. AND WHETHER YOU CHOOSE TO LIKE IT OR NOT HE HAS REAL TALENT AND HAS DONE AND EXCEEDED HIS OWN AND FAMILY'S EXPECTATIONS AND GOALS. HE DESERVES THIS CHANCE WITHOUT YOUR SHAMEFUL TRASH TALKING. AS BEING SOMEONE WHO PERSONALLY KNOWS HIM AND HIS FAMILY, SHUT THE HELL UP!!! AND MIGHT I ADD THAT EVEN THOUGH I AGREE THAT HE HAS HAD SOME GREAT EXPERIENCES AS A PERFORMER AND SONG WRITER, SHOULD NOT CAST A SHADOW OF DOUBT THAT THE SHOW WAS RIGGED. ITS THE COLD HARD EVIDENT TRUTH THAT HE IS A NATURAL.

1356 days ago
84.

Melissa    

Alex with you comment (#77)


Tell the Devil hi when you get where you're going!

1356 days ago
85.

Steve    

I think all Idol contestants should be Jewish. Yes, Jewish. First of all, lowering the grand prize to $100.00 (more than they had when they started), they don't have to rehearse Friday nite thru Saturday; the Hasidem (very orthodox Jews) are easy to dress (black suit, white shirt) and most of all, they'll all kvetch and complain, which makes for great television!

1356 days ago
86.

Steve    

I think all Idol contestants should be Jewish. Yes, Jewish. First of all, lowering the grand prize to $100.00 (more than they had when they started), they don't have to rehearse Friday nite thru Saturday; the Hasidem (very orthodox Jews) are easy to dress (black suit, white shirt) and most of all, they'll all kvetch and complain, which makes for great television!

1356 days ago
87.

Steve    

I think all Idol contestants should be Jewish. Yes, Jewish. First of all, lowering the grand prize to $100.00 (more than they had when they started), they don't have to rehearse Friday nite thru Saturday; the Hasidem (very orthodox Jews) are easy to dress (black suit, white shirt) and most of all, they'll all kvetch and complain, which makes for great television!

1356 days ago
88.

Slurpee    

@7, damn straight Nashville Star is rigged! I tried out one year, made it past the first round, and while waiting to sing in the second, myself and a few others overheard the producers talking..they were looking for specifics; 19 year old, blonde, thin, cute...and that is what they chose over those more talented that day. I saw that girl I auditioned with on the show later...never watched or had faith in these shows again...

1356 days ago
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Cecilia Ma Magdalena Gamboa Mirasol    

chill

1356 days ago
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k.w.    

Last years winner Lee DeWyze had also released a couple albums before Idol, you can find them on iTunes, and they "painted" him as some schmuck who just worked in a paint store.Im not surprised they would manufacture this cowboy who just fell off the turnip wagon.

1355 days ago
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