“American Idol” contestant David Hernandez once entertained audiences by removing his clothes instead of singing tunes, a manager at a male strip club in Phoenix told The Associated Press.
David Hernandez appeared fully nude and performed dances for the club’s “mostly male” clientele, club manager Gordy Bryan told the news wire service.
“He had the look and the type that people like, so he made pretty good money here,” Bryan said.
Now, when David Hernandez sings on tonight’s “American Idol,” it might be difficult for viewers to focus on his music now that it’s been revealed he used to be a stripper.
According to Bryan, Hernandez steadily worked at the club for three years until September 30, 2007.
“He never renewed his licensing with the state, so he hasn’t been on my roster since then,” Bryan said.
Hernandez is coming off a good week on Idol, having burned his way through “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” during last Tuesday’s 1970s-themed week.
It’s not clear if having been a stripper could disqualify Hernandez from “American Idol.” In 2003, finalist Frenchie Davis was dismissed because of her appearance on an adult Web site. But last year, Antonella Barba remained in the competition after racy photos of her showed up on the Internet.
Rumors of a stripper past, along with photos of a scantily clad Hernandez working as a bartender at gay nightclub were first posted last week on VoteForTheWorst.com, a site that encourages “Idol” viewers to vote for “the bad and truly entertaining contestants.”