I've never met a male stripper. As far as I know, I've never known anyone who has known a male stripper. I've never seen a male strip club establishment. The only ones I know exist are in Vegas, where Chippendale's and Thunder Down Under entertain middle-aged female tourists. So, it was with great shock that I read the news about American Idol's David Hernandez
' past as a male stripper. It was revealed today that Hernandez was formerly employed at Dick's Cabaret in Glendale, Arizona where he gave nude lap dances for a mostly all-male crowd. American Idol
has not yet commented on this news, though I suspect we'll hear something from FOX in the coming days. As for now, all we can do is speculate on what this news might mean for David Hernandez's future on American Idol
As TV Guide correctly pointed out, it will probably come down to whether or not David Hernandez was honest about his past with the Idol producers. If he told them of his male stripping past and they let him into the Top 24 anyway, then he should be fine. I don't see how they could eject him from the competition. But, if he failed to disclose this bit of information, American Idol
has a difficult decision on their hands. There is no precedent for former strippers, but the Frenchie Davis situation should provide us with some insight.
On season two of American Idol
, Frenchie Davis was expelled from the competition when the producers discovered that she had received money from a website for posing in a number of topless pictures. Antonella Barba
had a similar incident last season, but her racy pictures that surfaced were deemed OK, since they were personal and she received no money for them. I see little difference, personally, between Frenchie and David's situations. Hernandez was employed by the cabaret, and received money for stripping and being naked. I'd rather not see Hernandez leave American Idol
– he's a very talented guy. However, if they allow him to stay, the Idol
producers will look like hypocrites.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
Source: TV Guide
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