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David Archuleta’s Father Banned from AMERICAN IDOL

May 10, 2008 by  

Every week there’s a new rumor floating around about the alleged nightmare behavior of Jeff Archuleta, the father of AMERICAN IDOL contestant, David Archuleta.  There’s been talk of the senior Archuleta screaming at his son in front of the entire crew, his dismissive attitude towards the producers and even making things difficult for other IDOL contestants.  But as we get down to the final weeks of the competition, that might all be over.  According to TMZ.com and the Associated Press, Jeff Archuleta has been banned from the production of IDOL which included being present during his son’s rehearsals.  Mr. Archuleta can remain in the audience during the show but he is no longer allowed backstage.

The tipping point came on Tuesday night when during David’s performance of “Stand by Me” he inserted lyrics from the remake of the song made popular last year by Sean Kingston. The producers informed David during the week that he was not allowed to change the song.  But sources say Jeff Archuleta forced his son to sing the song the way he suggested, subsequently costing AMERICAN IDOL some big issues with Kingston’s people and a lot of money to boot.

The producers were rightfully upset and have banned Jeff Archuleta from being in the room while David was learning and rehearsing his songs for the remainder of the show’s run.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Jeff Archuleta’s bad behavior.  A few years back, when David was just 12 years old and competiting Junior Singers Competition on STAR SEARCH,  Jeff Archuleta was also singled out for his bad behavior.  STAR SEARCH judge Naomi Judd called Archuleta the “worst stage dad” and commented that he had to be sectioned off in a security box during the show.  The elder Archuleta was reprimanded and restrained for harassing other contestants…in the Junior Division. What a prize.

Maybe Papa Archuleta’s banning will make things a bit easier for his son.  Despite never having been in the bottom two and constantly receiving praise from the judges and his legions of fans, little Archuleta seems so on edge that the only time he seems to relax and breathe is when he’s singing.  He’s young.  He’s only 17.  If these rumors are true then it seems that David’s felt the pressure for far too long.  Maybe Jeff Archuleta should find himself a job and stop waiting for his kind to strike it big to support him.

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11 Responses to “David Archuleta’s Father Banned from AMERICAN IDOL”

  1. David Archuleta’s Father Banned from AMERICAN IDOL — All This Nonsense on May 10th, 2008 11:54 am

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  2. Phyllis Vance on May 10th, 2008 2:18 pm

    So very Gypsy… I don’t like David Archuleta, but I feel bad for the kid.

  3. v on May 10th, 2008 4:49 pm

    He’ll be another ‘michael jackson’.
    *whatever you think of michael, little david will be!

  4. sabrina on May 11th, 2008 12:52 am

    I heard that American idol ban ALL the remaining contestant’s family members during the final weeks of the show. I think the media is just singling out Archuleta’s dad cause of the stage father allegations he has against him.

    Also, since when is TMZ the top source for journalists to use nowadays?

  5. TheBeckert on May 11th, 2008 1:32 am

    Sabrina, I haven’t heard that they ban all the families. Do you know where you heard this from? It could be true, I’m just wondering what your source is because I’ve never heard that before.

    Also, the story was first posted by TMZ, but the Associated Press reported on it today, confirmed by different sources. I think the AP is just a little more reliable than TMZ. 🙂

  6. mg714 on May 11th, 2008 12:06 pm

    I feel so bad for David A – I’m glad the Idol producers finally did something about his father’s interference. I’m not a huge David A fan but I also hope that he stops being so pressured.

    I doubt that the other contestants’ families were banned b/c I don’t think David C’s or Syesha’s families are really as involved in all the backstage stuff like David A’s father was.

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