Todrick Hall: Controversial Contestant on American Idol

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American Idol took its show to Dallas last night, where it encountered a few contestants with moving personal stories (one overcame cancer, another struggles with Tourette's Syndrome) and one with a controversial background.

Todrick Hall, a 24-year old from Arlington, Texas, wrote an original song for his audition and impressed all four judges.

He's a budding playwright who appeared with Fantasia in The Color Purple; had a small role in High School Musical 2; and wrote, choreographed and directed a Nashville show called "Oz, the Musical."

But that's where the controversy comes in: as chronicled by a local Tennessee station, Hall was the alleged mastermind behind a plot to fool families into paying for a play that was never actually in production, at least according to some sources.

In June 2009, parents brought their children to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center to audition for this remake of The Wizard of Oz. Its website billed former Idol star Diana DeGarmo as playing a role in it. But after shelling out $75 for costume fees, the families were told the play was canceled - and their money would not be refunded.

Hall said producers simply ran out of funds, but no local theater had been reserved for the event. Moreover, DeGarmo had no knowledge of the Nashville production.

It sounds a bit shady, but there's often a lot of behind-the-scenes details to these stories. Check out Hall's performance on Idol below and keep your eyes this contestant. He may be in the news for a variety of reasons in the near future.

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Miranda-free

Don't believe all that you hear. My daughter was in "Oz" when they came to our town, we weren't asked for a dime. Toddrick is a nice young man who is very talented, I don't see him as being capable of being a con artist.

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This is what happens when you put your faith in a looser.... he is a fake just like Obama

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@ Follow The Money

not sure if troll or stupid inbred

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@ Follow The Money

One of the most hilarious comments I've ever read. Presuming you're not serious, of course.

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bad monkey

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I was in oz the musical 2 years ago in december....my mom ordered me a dvd and i never got it!!! it was $40 and the dvd was supposed to be one of my christmas presents!!!! i wqas sooo disapointed wen we never got them!!! TODRICK HALL OWES PEOPLE ALOTT OF MONEY$$$$!!!!!! >:(

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347-327-0704 This is Gregs number. So many actors and kids were ripped off by this little man. Todrick is JUST as responsible as Greg.

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He had nothing to do with the SCAM. A man told people that Hall was producing the play. This was not true. This man stole money, and Todrick wasn't even at the auditions. I know this is not a scam because i was in the REAL production, and Todrick did not ask for a dime. we had to make our own costumes. SO people need to get thier facts straight!!!!!!!!!

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I just saw ur performance In Memphis and enjoyed it a lot I am one of ur biggest fans and thought you did AWESOME I followed u through American Idol (and u so shud have won) anyway just wanted to say that ur Amazing...and people really need to give u a brake! Bye c u on the red carpet soon! ~Love Chelsea (a fellow Texan)

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I have a lot of respect for Todrick, first and foremost he is making an effort to repay a bunch of angry remorseful gamblers. When you make a business investment its like putting your money into a slot machine. One of two things can happen, either your money will bloom and flourish or it will burst into flames but regardless of the outcome it is a personal problem because you chose to put in your money. Its not his fault if you made a descision and the outcome was not pleasing. As a business man I have the same problem, but I just handle it by going to the studio in my $679 ed hardy jeans with my telecaster in hand and record some art because I honestly don't care, at least he's not heartless and is giving you the effort to play the nice guy role and return the money when he has no legal obligation, you all sicken me by attacking this young man in such a way

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Todrick, three words, "GIRRRRRRL GET REAL!" You ain't gonna take your way out of the bad image you've created, and truckload of talent can't EVER make up for being an ugly little person. Every interview you've given since leaving AI has shown you for who you are, a weasly little opportunistic con artist.

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That's right...thanks for putting my number on here (347)327-0704. The stuff that you parents are saying on here is a load of bull and no one has even taken the time to call me. I am NOT responsible for paying people back and I created that myspace when I was in high school so don't take my yearly income so literally. I am a very ambitious person who tried to do something nice and it failed. GET OVER IT!!!! Let it go. I did not try to do anything to hurt your kids, and if you had reached out to me instead of going of the wall and being irrational on blogs then you would know the truth. Email me at todrickhall@yahoo.com or call me and let's end this, because it's been carried on too long. We're all adults here, except it seems that I'm the only one who's acting like one.

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@ Todrick Hall

Don't listen to all the bad comments, not everyone believes them. When you have talent and are going places, you'll always have haters. My daughter worked with you in the "Oz" production here in Plainview, TX. We felt so blessed to be able to be part of such a great production and would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you for that opportunity. : )

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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