The thick sista with the powerhouse voice gets the boot for porno pictures, but current Idol contestant Antonella Barba is alot more favorable :
Now that American Idol has decided not to disqualify Antonella Barba over the emergence of numerous provocative photos, the show’s host and judges are circling the wagons in support of the sixth season semifinalist.
“These people haven’t done anything illegal; that’s their private life,” Idol judge Simon Cowell told USA Today at a Tuesday night Playboy Mansion party to celebrate the upcoming Sunday night third season premiere of E!’s The Girls Next Door reality show. “[The photos should] not affect her standing on the show, and if the public wants to keep her in, they’ll keep her in.”
“Nobody’s clean in the entertainment business,” Idol judge Randy Jackson, who also attended the Playboy party, told USA Today. “There are definitely some moral things that go on with this show.”
Although he claimed to have not yet seen the photos, Idol host Ryan Seacrest — whose new Paradise City reality show will premiere after The Girls Next Door on Sunday night — also voiced strong support for Barba. “[I would] absolutely let [Barba] stay on. If American Idol is a true representation of American youth, we’re going to find imperfections, Seacrest told USA Today. “And it’s OK to be imperfect.”
Earlier on Tuesday, American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe — breaking several days of silence on Barba’s fate — had revealed that the show had decided not to disqualify from the smash-hit Fox reality competition.
“Lythgoe [told] Extra he’s not kicking the Jersey girl off, her fate is in the voters’ hands,” Extra co-host Mark McGrath reported during the syndicated entertainment news program’s Tuesday evening broadcast.
“Without question, any competition like this is part popularity contest,” Lythgoe told Extra correspondent (Cowell’s longtime girlfriend) Terri Seymour during an interview that was presumably taped sometime on Monday or early Tuesday.
“It won’t effect anything, Antonella is about her looks and her talent and that’s the only thing that will effect her journey on American Idol,” Lythgoe added in a second interview broadcast on Tuesday evening’s Inside Edition. READ MORE>>
So I guess Frenchie’s look did effect her journey eh? Granted, she posed for a teen porn site (although till this day, we still haven’t seen the photos), but American Idol didn’t see it fit to kick off an underaged drinking, little girl that posed half naked by the WWII memorial? The good ole USA!
The worst part is this Barba broad can’t sing worth a lick, so she probably will get the boot on tomorrow’s airing of the voting results anyway.
Maybe I’m a bit biased because my girl French is a Howard alum, but I’m wondering what she would say about this…