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'American Idol' Contestant -- Doobie Bro Kid

2/14/2011 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A contestant on this week’s "American Idol" is already raking in serious cash  ... by taking over college house parties with her awesome band ... and there's a Doobie Brothers connection.


Lara Johnston and her band Pinot have been making their way through the party circuit at USC -- playing all kinds of ragers ... at the bargain basement rate of $500-$1,000 a night.

FYI -- Johnston is the daughter of Doobie Brothers singer Tom Johnston ... and if she looks familiar, it’s because she also starred on an MTV reality series back in 2008 called "Rock the Cradle" ... a singing competition for rock star spawn.

She placed fifth on that show. Hopefully she'll have better luck this time.


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Her voice is absolutely riveting.

1344 days ago

Dennis Johnson    

Is American Idol still on the air?

1344 days ago


If you have a relative with connections in the industry and still can't get a break there is probably a reason for that. For example, Ashlee Simpson got a record deal and she was awful. So if Lara can't get anything that is a really bad sign.

1344 days ago


She's not even in the top 40 according to Vote For The Worst who really does their homework and knows their stuff.

1344 days ago


Hey Carl,

You are a completely wrong. Some people actually work for something and don't rely on daddy to give them what they need. Lara has a great talent and is definitely up and coming. If she wanted to sign a record deal, I'm sure she could have done that by now. Being on American Idol will definitely help.

1343 days ago


PINOT KNOWS HOW TO THROW A RAGER!!! Haha, can't believe this **** got on TMZ!! Thanks for throwin that party guys! LJ was AMAZING!! Such a talented singer and performer!

1343 days ago


Pinot is talented. I wish her the best of luck, talent is difficult to find. I wanted to let you guys know that I work for DISH Network and if you don't want to miss a minute of Idol, you can download the app for TVeverywhere with your Sling! adapter from DISH and get TV on your smart phone. Comcast tried something similar but it's not nearly as great. Go to for more details. Good luck Pinot!

1343 days ago

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