Former American Idol Contestant Has Pled Guilty To Intent To Drug Ring Charges

Antonella barba screenshot from music video

American Idol has dealt with some notable names over the years, but now a former contestant has gained notoriety for all the wrong reasons. Antonella Barba, who appeared in Season 6 of American Idol during the Fox years, recently pled guilty to holding a large amount of fentanyl with the intent to distribute.

Antonella Barba was allegedly a part of a group smuggling and set to distribute drugs at the time she was arrested. The initial arrest happened 10 months ago. At the time, it seemed as if Barba had 100 grams of heroin on her person at the time of the arrest, but reports this week indicate she pled guilty to holding 400 grams of fentanyl with the intent to distribute.

Allegedly, the cops originally found “a large quantity of a white rock-like substance” in a shoebox in a rental car the singer was sitting in. It was only later figured out that it was fentanyl she had on her person.

Her sentencing will occur in November of 2019, per Page Six. She will reportedly face 10 years to life in prison; however, it’s also being reported that Antonella Barba is cooperating in the investigation and may not end up with anywhere near the sentence she is facing. We’ll have to wait and see how the full investigation pans out.

Antonella Barba initially appeared on Season 6 of American Idol. She advanced into the Top 24 and then into the Top 20 and finally into the Top 16 before being eliminated on the show. This was smack dab in the middle of Idol’s height in popularity and allowed her to make the Top 8 women’s group in a season that was ultimately won by a woman: Jordin Sparks.

The former American Idol contestant has dealt with controversy before this, however, as topless photos of the singer have leaked in the past, leading to speculation about the origins of the photos. She was also arrested on misdemeanor charges for shoplifting previously.

Her biggest singing work over the past several years has included singing the National Anthem for the LA Dodgers and appearing in a segment about former American Idol contestants on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

A lot of times “where are they now” reality contestant updates are not the success stories you hope for when you vie for a competitor on the small screen. Still, knowing not everyone who makes it onto the Idol stage ultimately earns fame and success, doesn’t make hearing these sorts of follow-ups any easier.

American Idol itself has had its share of controversies and mini-controversies over the years. Yet, the reality competition series has outlived a slew of changes to its judges table and its format, not to mention a movie from Fox to ABC. It will be back on ABC next TV season.

Jessica Rawden
Managing Editor

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