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David Archuleta's dad, Jeff Archuleta, kicked off American Idol

David Archuleta's dad, Jeff Archuleta, kicked off American Idol Jeff Archuleta, father of American Idol hopeful David Archuleta, has been banned from attending all the show's rehearsals and lost his backstage pass, according to reports in the media, citing an anonymous person close to the show. According to that person, Jeff Archuleta has always been a little too involved in the backstage's affairs of the American Idol and it reached the tipping point on Tuesday, when Jeff Archuleta insisted on changing "Stand by Me" (on of the songs David Archuleta performed last time) by a verse from Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls", thus incurring additional costs for "American Idol". "I'm definitely involved with my son, and I encourage him, but I think that's a lot different from forcing and threatening and all that stuff. There was absolutely no truth in any of the stories about me yelling at David, making him cry or withholding water from him. That was crazy!" Jeff Archuleta was quoted later, denying his American Idol backstage privileges have been take away. Fox has not commented on the incident yet. Old stories about David Archuleta and his dad have begun popping up, most notably when Jeff Archuleta was called "the monster dad from hell" by Naomi Judd, who was a judge on "Star Search", where the then 12-year-old David took part.

American Idol is down to only three contestants and the latest betting odds on the show at the online sportsbook BodogSports have David Archuleta as the second favorite to win the Idol listed with odds 7/5, while David Cook is still the top dog with odds to win American Idol at 2/3. The third contestant, Syesha Mercado, holds underdog odds of 15/1.

 Published on 05/10/2008

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