Casey James: American Idol Jailbird

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When Casey James auditioned for American Idol in Denver, he was asked to remove his shirt. The judges, especially Kara DioGuardi and Victoria Beckham, wanted to take a close look at this contestant.

If only producers had done the same.

Radar Online reports that James has a criminal background and has actually served time in county jail. His offenses include: driving while intoxicated, driving with an invalid license and reckless driving.

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In November 2001, the aspiring singer pled guilty to reckless driving, was fined $200 and spent 30 days in jail.

Then, in December 2002, he was arrested for DUI and operating a vehicle with an invalid license. He pled guilty again and was sentenced to 105 total days in jail.

Does this make Casey a bad person? Of course not. But you'd think American Idol would avoid featuring any contestant with a criminal record, even if he does have a body that DioGuardi and Beckham openly swooned over.

James isn't the only rumored semifinalist with a scandalous past. Todrick Hall came under fire a few years ago for possibly scamming a few families out of thousands of dollars.

Should Idol cut James loose? You tell us.


i think its full crap going back to his criminal records...its just not fair! tell me, is there really anyone in this whole wide planet who hasn't committed a single crime in one's lifetime?
casey's super-awesome & he was the one for whom i would stick glued 2 american idol this season!!! so what if he got eliminated...he's still d ifol for many like me! i love you casey...u rock!!! :-*()


bret micheals angel congulations great job this evening done on american idol cheers please suportt myself karenjames,, hey hey well whats casey and karen have in commin lol ask casey whats bret and karen have in commin jsut ask them lol ,, hugs guys all best kaenjams in police protection 247 , true sung cases rocker top model and my facts know the facts befor judgeing


I hope some fantastic record company goes and finds Casey and make him an amazing artist with tons of albums!! I will be for sure going to his concerts and supporting him!! Nobody and no celeb is perfect and we all have gone through problems in our lives..... People should not judge Casey in any way for his misatkes in his life!!


Its called giving everybody a chance!!!!! And there are no super humans on this planet...Just because he is a celeb now...It does not make him less human.


of course not. these mistakes casey made are in the past. im sure he is a good guy. you can't keep worrying about the past, while we are present. just one tip for everyone. NEVER. get in a car with Casey James. hahhaha


Casey you are an amazing singer and musician. I saw you perform today--EllenDeGeneres show and you were AWESOME! I hope that some record producers are watching you and realize what a GREAT music artist you are! The best success to you- "Cutie"! :)


It's not what you did in your past, it's who you are now and where you are headed. I think Casey did a fabulous job with his rendition of "Daughters" by John Mayer. I would buy a CD of his. Good Luck with your future endeavors Casey. Keep on Keepin on!!


Casey was the wrong contestant to get eliminated. He has all the qualities of a great singer and guitarist. Hope country music signs a contract. We all make mistakes and have skeletons inclucing Simon Cowell, Casey did what most kids do, drinking, but he learned his lesson. Casey you will make it big. Aim for the stars and they will be yours!!!!!!!!!! We all love you.


seriously, i'm done with AI. Simon won't be judging anyways. i guess people really aren't ready for blues rock,huh? idol is so full of shit. last season Lambert was so much better than Allen, but he didn't win cos he's gay. look who's having the last laugh, hmm? i suppose Casey's criminal record has something to do with him eliminated. crystal talks too much, i prefer Dewyze when he was a shy asshole. suddenly he's got some confidence and he can't shut his yapper. Casey darling, i know you will have career just like Daughtry's. you're wonderful and i will support you no matter what. you're perfect they way you are,just be yourself cos you're a wonderful talent.



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