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'American Idol'

Tent Girl Amy Brumfield --

The Boozy Criminal Past

1/19/2012 9:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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"American Idol" wannabe Amy Brumfield ... the 24-year-old singer who lives in a tent ... has a LONG criminal record ... revealing a serious battle with alcohol.

According to police records obtained by TMZ, Brumfield has been arrested at least 6 times in the past 7 years ... with 3 arrests involving booze.

Brumfield -- who blew the "Idol" judges away with her rendition of Superwoman by Alicia Keys -- was arrested in Tennessee on August 22, 2010 after cops say she was so drunk, she peed on herself in the lobby of a Baskin Robbins.

Just 9 days before  that -- on August 13 -- she was arrested in front of the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen ... after cops say she was displayed "extreme intoxication" ... and was "trying to find someone to take her home."

Brumfield was arrested twice in 2007 -- once for unlawful detainer (staying at a property after her lease had ended). The other arrest was for underage consumption of alcohol -- for which she pled guilty and was sentenced to probation.

Brumfield was also arrested in 2005 for criminal trespass on private property -- the details around that incident are unclear. 

But this story could have a happy ending, judging by her audition on "Idol" last night, Brumfield appears motivated to start a whole new life for herself.

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Bill Larkin    

This shows that TMZ is a shameless scandal monger. If you had to live in a tent you'd be drinking too. Here she has a potential chance to get a break and TMZ considers themselves in charge of preventing it.

1006 days ago
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Raven Rose    

The 'past' should stay in the past! If she is trying to turn her life around, well, then she deserves a chance! I applaud her, and she does have a gift. I think we ALL need a 2nd, and even third chance at a better life? If that was you, wouldn;t you WANT that? Think about it.;)

1006 days ago
93.

adam    

man, leave this girl alone !! she has a record in her past so what,its her past,, least shes doing something better for herself now!! Media is dumb!!!

1006 days ago
94.

mm     

military police

1006 days ago
95.

bob    

T.M.Z. WOW cant you find something better to do then trash someone who is already down in there luck ? you know nothing about this young lady and the life she has been thru maybe just maybe something bad in her life happened to cause her to fall apart for a short time or maybe she just did things alot of young people do (aka drinking) how about all the young people in collage oh thats ok if they drink they are in school how about someone named kennedy who drove a car in a river ? and went on to a party while there secrutary drowned? opps please forgive me for having a bad feeling about you posting this story of couse what i am saying wont get post on here . m just saying so the girl has made a few bad choices in life but havent we all as we were growning up ? just give her a break and find something better to write about -- i wish her well and hope things work out the best for her

1006 days ago
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blondie    

I work in gatlinburg and i see this kind of behavior on a daily basis.I can understand why she lives in a tent,the cost of living is high and after tourist season ends almost everyone struggles to survive.

1006 days ago
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Kristina    

I actually know this girl personally. We went to middle school together and then she moved away. She has lived a rough life and went through hell back then, so I am sure life has just gotten much worse for her. She seems to be doing much better and I wish her all the best! I hope she does good.

1006 days ago
98.

Mike    

Disgraceful! Her criminal past and struggles with alcoholism
is not something that needs to be made into national news
dumb dumb.

1006 days ago
99.

nancy    

WOW!!! such judgmentel people. the negative people have obviusly ( did i spell that right?) never had or experinced hard times!. It's rough!! Power to her!!! everyone is looking for a chance or fortunate moment to cash in!!! Look at Chris Renee - from X-Fator!!! HE'S AWESOME!!!!! EVERYONE DESERVES A CHANCE OR SECOND CHANCE!!! GO GIRL!!!

1006 days ago
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kristl    

"motivated to start a whole new life for herself"??? Alcoholism is a disease. It was classified by the AMA as a disease in the 1950s and yet people still talk about it like it's a "choice" to be overcome through "motivation."

1005 days ago
101.

M Matturro    

Horrible .... being a felon in this country should not be able to be a candidate for 'american idol'... is this a good example for our younger aged audience?

1005 days ago
102.

Decibella    

If she can live without drinking, she will be fine. Let's give her a fair chance and hope she will give herself a fair start to a new life. She has a beautiful voice and delivery of music.

1005 days ago
103.

Richard Berger    

Everyone deserves a second chance. Look at Chris Rene from X Factor an admitted drug addict. Hope all goes well for both these young people.

1005 days ago
104.

Deeya    

So what don't all the great ones have some kind of troubled past. She's young. I don't see how this effects her singing abilities or her chance to win. I hope to se her have the chance to prove herself a winner.

1005 days ago
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evelyn knudtson    

So what. What does this have to do with her ability to sing.

1005 days ago
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