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'American Idol' Favorite -- Why I Quit the Show ...

3/9/2011 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

He was an early favorite to BECOME this year's "American Idol" ... but 22-year-old Scott Dangerfield tells TMZ he backed out of the competition because he had an obligation to his students.

Scott Dangerfield

Dangerfield blew the judges away during the first round of the show in Milwaukee ... only to mysteriously disappear from the show just before Hollywood week.

But TMZ spoke to Dangerfield ... who told us he's a dedicated student-teacher at a high school in Wisconsin ... and when producers told him the dates he would need to be in Hollywood ... they clashed with certain obligations he had at the school.

Dangerfield tells us, "The kids are depending on me."

Dangerfield tells us "Idol" producers tried to talk him out of his decision to quit the show ... but Scott says he had made up his mind.

Scott Dangerfield VideoBut you may not have seen the last of Dangerfield ... he tells us producers are encouraging him to try out again next year ... and he's strongly considering it.

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Cartman    

That's losing.

1137 days ago
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efnsteve    

Ya, um, ok let's go to the audition and do really well and then go really far.............only to quit. Right, that makes sense.

1137 days ago
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Mike1978    

Why the hell is this a story? And who the f is this guy?

I guess this is what happens when you run out of charlie sheen stories.

1137 days ago
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niles    

American idiot.

1137 days ago
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writenow    

Good for him. Character is not usually in a large supply on these pages. No wonder those commenting earlier seem confused.

1137 days ago
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dd    

What the hell did he enter the contest for?????

1137 days ago
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Fuck Celebrities    

Can't be much of a teacher if he didn't realize the time idol would take.

What a moron.

1137 days ago
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shayzter    

I was soooo excited to watch AI bec. of him!! He's is my favorite of them all.. He has the looks and the talent to be the next american idol. i was soooo sad that he quit.im just wondering why he enter the contest for..only to quit...hope he joins next year!!

1137 days ago
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mija    

Okay, this guy is really dumb because it was his decision to try out. Did he do it just so he can say he auditioned and made it to the next round? Frankly, I don't give a damn about American Idol but come on people. If you're going to audition, know what you're getting yourself into. Oh and the school kids are losers that probably ignore him in class and treat him like dirt like most of school kids.

Have fun talking about Idol at the pot luck during parent teacher conferences.

1137 days ago
10.

SH    

By acting this way, he took the opportunity from someone else.
Loser. There's more to it than what he says, I'm sure.

Charlie Sheen is the future Justin Beiber.

1137 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

he couldnt handle the truth

1137 days ago
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Elizabeth    

He's part of a band called Crash County Music and after hearing them do a cover of Grenade on youtube I don't blame him for backing out of Idol. he's a great vocalist and the guys are fantastic musicians and I think they can get by without Idol.

1137 days ago
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SantaFeJack    

"The kids are depending on me." Oh, really? How about asking those same students what THEY think?

1137 days ago
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Ambiance    

glad my kids don't go to his school. what an idiot

1137 days ago
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realityshow    

What's so tragic for this guy is that this will be the last season of this fading show and he'll never get another chance. Seriously, has anybody watched this in, oh, the last 4 years?

1137 days ago
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