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Ian Benardo

Ian Benardo rose to prominence after his 2007 appearances on the popular US talent competition television shows American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance? as a contestant. He has also been widely publicized on shows such as Extra (TV series), Access Hollywood, and numerous other tabloid shows and magazines. He has also regularly appeared on Good Day New York for his outlandish and outspoken behavior. Videos of his television appearances have become widely available on the internet, popularizing Benardo as an internet phenomenon. Ian Benardo was born November 29, 1980 in the Riverdale section of Bronx, New York. He attended P.S. 24 and the LaGuardia High School for Music and Art. He studied at SUNY Geneseo and majored in Sociology in 1998. After one year he left and traveled to Israel where he resided part-time for the next six years. He holds dual American/Israeli citizenship. Benardo's appearances on reality/talent contest television shows brought him to public attention. In both contests, Benardo was rejected at the first audition and had his performances harshly criticized by a British judge, each resulting in an angry confrontation. Benardo's act was characterized by his

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'Idol' Reject Files Lawsuit -- Third Time's a Charm!

'Idol' Reject Files Lawsuit -- Third Time's a Charm!

Former "American Idol" contestant Ian Benardo is trying his luck again ... suing the show for discrimination for the third time -- but this time, he's asking for a lot less money. Benardo has… READ MORE >

Benardo to 'Idol' -- I Survived Two Suicide Bombings

Benardo to 'Idol' -- I Survived Two Suicide Bombings

Ian Benardo ain't backing down from his $100 million lawsuit against "American Idol"-- in fact, he's so serious ... dude is comparing the "Idol" legal ambush to terrorist attacks he survived as an… READ MORE >

- 1386 days ago
'American Idol' to Benardo: Dismiss Suit or You'll Pay

'American Idol' to Benardo: Dismiss Suit or You'll Pay

"American Idol" is firing back at Ian Benardo, warning the former contestant to dismiss his lawsuit ASAP, or he'll end up paying the show's enormous legal defense costs.As we previously reported… READ MORE >

- 1400 days ago
'Idol' Reject Refiles Lawsuit, Now Only Wants $100 Mil

'Idol' Reject Refiles Lawsuit, Now Only Wants $100 Mil

Ian Benardo -- the former "American Idol" contestant who sued the show for $300 million -- has withdrawn that lawsuit ... only to refile a new one for $100 million.Benardo refiled his lawsuit for… READ MORE >

- 1423 days ago
'Idol' Reject -- Someone Wants Me to Die of AIDS

'Idol' Reject -- Someone Wants Me to Die of AIDS

Ian Benardo -- the guy suing "American Idol" for $300 million -- has filed a police report with the NYPD claiming he's received multiple death threats since filing his lawsuit. In the police… READ MORE >

- 1455 days ago
Suing Mad 'Idol' Reject: I'm Gonna Bring 'AI' Down

Suing Mad 'Idol' Reject: I'm Gonna Bring 'AI' Down

The guy who's suing "American Idol" for allegedly exploiting his sexual orientation says he deserves a $300,000,000 payday ... and claims he's going to "bring American Idol down."TMZ ran into Ian… READ MORE >

- 1458 days ago
'Idol' Reject Sues for $300 Million -- Anti-Gay Allegations

'Idol' Reject Sues for $300 Million -- Anti-Gay Allegations

Ian Benardo -- the "American Idol" reject who stole the mic from Dane Cook during the live finale earlier this year -- is setting the stage for a $300 million lawsuit ... claiming show producers… READ MORE >

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