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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Casey James is the next American Idon!!!!!!

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People who live in fat asses shouldnt throw waffles! Everybody shutup about Casey, he is an excellent guitarist and seems like an excellent human being as well. So my advice to all of you morons would be to quit trying to pick the sliver out of someones eye when you have a freakin tree in your own! And quit gossiping! That crap should have stopped in the jr. high hallway.

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I live in Ft. Worth and have been following Casey long before his journey on American Idol began...he's humble, caring, and VERY talented as a singer and guitar player. THESE are the attributes that have gotten him where he is today. If posts here were only allowed by those with totally pure past I'm sure there would be many fewer posts! KEEP ROCKN CASEY!

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like what he said over and over again.... HE WAS YOUNG AND STUPID!! everyone has bad memories and entitled to do mistakes cuz we are just human. We as fans of CASEY will never let him down and we can support him all the way.

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So what if Casey did time in jail. Other great and famous artists did time in jail. He did the time and deserves to be the American Idol. Get real will you people. His talent is awesome and deserves a break. Throwing stones is so tastless. What is in your closets?

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go Casey go!!! Who has a clean past??? The present is what counts. Casey is doing very well right now. Let's support him.

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Casey James is an awesome singer and musician. I hope he wins it all. Puhleeeeeeeze with all the gossip about him. OK - let's dig into all of the contestants and see how we can trash them. Get over it. It is a SINGING competition!

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WHEN YOU COME ON A PUBLIC SHOW LIKE THAT, YOU MUST MAKE SURE THAT YOU RECORD IS CLEAN, BUT FOR SURE HE DOES NOT HAVE A CLEAN ONE, HE TOOK A CHANCE, AND IT PAID OFF SO FAR, BUT HE IS NOT GOING TO WIN. HE WILL NEVER WIN, HE WILL NOT BE THE LAST MAN STANDING....

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iluv casey james so much..i think he will be the winner in american idol...love him....he's so cute and a great singer....

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Everyone makes mistakes. Who are you to judge someone else's life that at the time had nothing to do with the public eyes. His past life shold not be the topic of your discussions. Plus, American Idol is a sining competition. Not a "who can be the best person" competition. Im a musician, and alot of the guys i look up to are complete butt wipes. Do i care? No. Because i admire what they can do musically. What they do on their personal time is none of my business. Be your own damn hero, dont try to be like someone else, figure out who you are. I think Casey has a great voice and he can shred the fuck out of his guitar. Thats all that needs to be said. Reguardless of whether you have "a friend who knows him" Really? Seriously? what gossipy junior high crap to talk about someone you dont even know personally. What he did or didn't do does not concern me or you in the least.

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