When she was 19 years old, to make some extra cash for college tuition, Frenchie Davis took some topless photos for an internet site. This came back to haunt her years later on American Idol
After making it to the American Idol
semi-finals in season 2, Frenchie (as she claims) told Idol producers about her past, and about how she had taken topless photos for money. A couple months later, after the public became aware of these pictures, Idol got rid of Frenchie. They claimed that Idol was a family show, and they can't have pictures like that floating around the internet for kids to see. The difference between Frenchie's dismissal and Antonella Barba's
lack of disqualification was, supposedly, the fact that Frenchie took money for her photos, while Barba's were meant to be private.
I believe Frenchie should've been allowed to remain on the show, but I admit that this is a delicate subject. Thankfully, it all worked out in the end. Frenchie has been leading a nice career on Broadway, and is currently starring in the musical “Rent”.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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