Idol Producer Unconcerned About Contestant's Stripper Past

By Kelly West 7 years ago discussion comments
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It seems like every season of American Idol brings a new crop of “scandals.” In season two, Frenchie Davis was disqualified after people found out she posed topless for a website. Last year people were all over Antonella Barba after a couple of racy pictures surfaced online. This year, it’s David Hernandez and Ramiele Malubay that are being scrutinized by the media for their past.

Last week, CelebTV.com posted a suggestive photo of Ramiele Malubay. The site posted another similar photo today. Neither of the pictures is all that shocking (at least not for anyone who has seen enough pictures of photos posted on the MySpace and Facebook profiles of people in her age bracket).

Meanwhile, David Hernandez, also of the top 16 was at one time a stripper. TV Guide talked to Idol executive producer Ken Warwick about Hernandez’s past. One of the things they asked him was whether or not the revelation that Hernandez was once a stripper have any impact on whether or not he stays on the show. Warwick responded, “No, it won't make any difference. The truth is, we're never judgmental about what people do to earn a living. They've got to put food in people's mouths. We've had strippers on the show before. Nikki McKibbon was one in [Season] 1. We're never judgmental about people who do things like that. If it were some sort of heavy porn, then maybe we'd have to take action. But certainly not on this.” When asked if he knew about Hernandez’s background as a stripper, he said, “No, I wasn't. [Laughs] But the truth of the matter is, it wouldn't have made any difference. There are a lot of people I know who'd love to have the opportunity just to make a better living by taking their clothes off.”

The question is: will this information about Hernandez’s past will impact how America sees him?
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