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American Idol Dad Banned

Stage Dad Banned from American Idol

We hear about stage moms all the time — Lynne Spears and Dina Lohan are just two that come to mind. Today the media is buzzing about stage dad, Jeff Archuleta. If you watch American Idol, then you know baby faced David Archuleta is a fan fave and crooner to boot. The Idol contestant is likely to go all the way to the top – if he can just get his father to relax.

To see what happened,


The cameras often zoom in on papa Jeff as he cheers on his boy wonder. For a while now, there have been rumblings of parental interference on the dad's part. ABC reports:

Jeff Archuleta, the father of "American Idol" contestant and fan favorite David Archuleta, has reportedly been banned from the show's rehearsals. The stage dad has been accused of meddling with his son's routines during rehearsal, and "Idol" producers have apparently had enough.

It seems that lil Archuleta has the talent, smile and charm to secure the winner's spot. I would hate to see the boy from Utah lose it all because his daddy couldn't take a backseat.
Photos courtesy of Fox/FX

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reesiekitty reesiekitty 9 years
I read that his dad is actually an agent and has represented other former Idol contestants who didn't make it all the way. I really think Lil David is a tiny music robot, spitting out whatever his dad tells him to. He is totally irrelevant as a modern pop singer- he just sounds like a 40 year old elevator music singer. Boot him off and have him finish high school and go to college and then run his own career instead of letting his overbearing dad control him. I think AI is rigged anyway, but if Archuleta wins it will just be ridiculous.
Starfire Starfire 9 years
Maybe David did as his father told him because he was more afraid of his dad than the people who run the show.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
AI is desperate to make news in order to drum up ratings for a boring season with boring and mediocre finalists. 18 seems a more appropriate age cut off anyway. Then at least you're not dealing with minors and their parents.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
If I were David's father I would be TRYING to get him kicked off the show. He is much better off without the American Idol label.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Regardless of who insisted on it, David Archuleta is the one who should have been banned. He went on stage and made the choice to change the lyrics, violate copyright laws, and cost the show money. I know they'd never kick him off because for some reason I'll never understand he's loved, so they won't risk the backlash. But it's still David himself at fault, no matter what his father insisted on. David's the one under contract, his father is not.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
His kid was to sing "stand by me" and the father asked to insert a lyric from sean Kingstons "beautiful girl" the producers said No, because they would have to Pay for that and its against the rules, the kid did it anyway at the fathers insistance and now he is banned. Fair enough to me.
Bisque Bisque 9 years
I've been hearing a lot of speculation that the reason this little ditty of the dad being banned reached entertainment news is that the network wants the people to tune into idol more and that the projected winner will be Archuleta. It's unfortunate though if the dad really is that controlling over him.
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