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.

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mmmmmm a bad boy!!! I like it. He is HOT!!! I found me a crush this season!! And he sings really awesome too!! heck yeah he needs to stay!! Big deal, he didn't do anything that bad against the law!!! CASEY I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

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No way. I think he's one of the best this season! YOU ROCK CASEY!!! ALL THE WAY BABY!!

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We know Casey. He is a good kid. Are you really serious? 8 and 9 YEARS ago?!!?? Please! Give him a chance. None of us know what he has or has not reported to the producers of the show and honestly, since when did Hollywood of all places become concerned with morality?

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Casey is one of my favorite singers on American Idol this season, so far. I have absolutly loved him from day one. I hope to see him make it all the way and hopefully, win the whole thing. Good Luck, Casey. I am definitly one of your fans, already. Hope everything goes good for you. Oh and by the way, I don't think that something in the past should be able to hold up someones future. It was a mistake and we all make them. I am sure that he learned a valuable lesson from his mistakes. We can only hope that we all do. Everyone is human and we all make some bad choices in our lives. It is up to each of us, individually, to make the choice to learn from what we have done wrong. Casey seems like a genuinly great guy and I hope the best for him. ;)

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Naomi, this is not a body building contest its American Idol...and please go and clean your ears sister because this guy can sing and has a very different fresh voice...and he just happens to be sizzling hot to look at...he'll have my vote every step of the way he had my vote way before the pony tail came down and the shirt came off...and people really need to quit judging based on someone's past...we have all made mistakes in life...get back to me when you become perfect!

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Casey James is by far one of the sweetest guys I have ever hung out with......... Who ever thinks that he should be DQ, well its just bc you have never had the chance to be in the presents of such a GREAT character...... Him taken his shirt off didnt get him threw the to the next round.. it was his great personality and genuine love for music..... You will all see how far he gets, even if he dosent win AI........... YOU GO CASEY JAMES...... YOU GO!!!!! :)

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HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT!!!!!

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SUSAN IN FLORIDA, YOUR JUST JEALOUS!!!!!! CASEY IS A GREAT SINGER, LOOK AT OUR PREDIDENTS!!!! THRY DO WAYY WORSE, CASEY ROCKS, HATER!!!!

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Can someone please tell me that he is gay. I mean please tell me he is. Well if he isn't that is ok too. Singer and cute as hell. There is usually someone on there that is gay... might as well be him.

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Well... Name one singer that hasn't done drugs and or over indulged in alcohol - even after being a star! WHo? Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Britney Spears... ok the list goes on and on.Multiple people come to mind. Oh the Sat. night Live cast... most died of overdose. Our past is exactly that. When people are very young they made mistakes. A DUI pales in comparison and the driving without a license is just childish to even bring up. Who hasn't taken something that wasn't theirs or reported income? That part is a federal crime. Babysitting income, $10 gifts from someone.... oops, all taxable income that wasn't reported. Hummm..... let the finger pointing begin? I don't think so. Lets just enjoy the show and watch him and Garcia be the top two...

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