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'American Idol' Finalist

Targeted By Male Strippers

5/20/2012 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He won't be the next "American Idol" ... but recent cast-off Joshua Ledet has already gotten an offer to appear in a real-life stage production ... with a bunch of naked men.

TMZ has learned ... the top banana at the Mantasia male strip club in NYC has been super interested in Ledet ever since "A.I." fans dubbed him "Mantasia."

In case you haven't been watching, Ledet earned the moniker because his powerful voice drew comparisons to a male version of Fantasia Barrino.

But the head dong wrangler at the male review believes Ledet's nickname was a message from the stripper gods that the two were destined to work together ... even if Josh doesn't drop trou.

"We'll find something for him, he's a very talented performer," the stripper boss tells TMZ.

We called Josh for comment -- so far, no response.


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Well, if he wants to be a gospel singer, accepting the offer probibly isn't the best idea, lol.

885 days ago


Hum.... I wonder why they thought he was even approachable with such an idea??? Hum.....

884 days ago


TMZ, have you ever covered a story about the possibility of Joshua being gay?
1. His twitter motto since start is "Every saint has a past Every sinner has a future" a quote from Oscar Wilde, a famous writer who wrote about homosexual themes back in Victorian era, also a lover to Robert Ross, an openly gay figure.

2. On the week he was eliminated he sang Imagine, a song that advocates "no heaven, no religion" as his personal song choice.

For a pastor's son, don't you think it's a bit unusual he would be gravitating toward those, unless he is secretly rebelling against his religion because of the way they treat gays.

884 days ago


"Targeted" by male strippers? What did they aim with?

884 days ago


the first part of Joshua's contract to go on tour with American Idol has to be fulfilled before anything else can happen. I'm sure by the time the tour is over everyone would have advised him against accepting such a bad offer!! He is destined for greatness with that voice of his. I seriously doubt he'd start off by first trashing his career and then trying to put out records. Hopefully, he's already working on new songs and listening to potential offers from record producers. Daughtry walked backstage and immediately was signed to a record deal so maybe that happened to Josh too...only time will tell!

884 days ago


People have different styles. We are all special! I heard about this adult marketplace on the radio here called There people can buy AND sell adult products. The cool thing, it allows men and women to SELL adult products and services of their own for free. Pretty cool!

884 days ago


If you have ever watched a clip of Joshua and Phillip performing together it is blatantly obvious that Joshua is either homophobic or too scared to touch other men because of what it may look like to his parents. Whenever Phillip went to put his arm around Joshua in a friendly way he would push Phillip away and give a look of disgust.

I can only assume this is what this production company saw and that is why they want him.

884 days ago


psst.. Josh is gay.

884 days ago


Josh is gay so what. Guess you havent seen the pics of him dressed as peter pan haha. What is more annoying is that hes portrayed as the good ole boy when in fact he was a rude, snobby, bully in high school. Everyone is so star struck by his sudden sucess in this small town that to speak up about some of the rotten things hes done to people before his sudden fame would get you lynched.

884 days ago

Anthony Wa    

Joshua "possibly being gay" ? Please!!

He's a Mama's Boy, sings mostly women's songs and is effeminate. But he's young and obviously raised in a very religious family so he ain't comin out any time soon ... I;m sure he hasn't come to terms yet.

But i will say that even though i DESPISE his singing (screaming and carrying on like he does is NOT talent to me), he is one HOT looking man and I had no problem looking at those tight crotch grabbing pants he loved showing off his package in!

883 days ago

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