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.


Who cares what he did 9 years ago! At 17, I think most of us has done some pretty stupid things. But since he hasnt been in trouble since, it seems he has learned from his mistakes more then some Hollywood stars have done! Beside, the man CAN sing and PLAY and he should never be in the bottom 3. He is one of the best, better then last years winner. ( No offense but Kris Allen shouldnt have won) Anyway, vote for talent, people. Cant believe Tim Urban stayed all these weeks. Hes alright, but Casey and Crystal are on a different league!


i was really surprised to have casey in the bottom 2 last night. come on America, vote for casey! too bad i can't vote for him 'coz i'm from canada. i'll be done watching AI if i see casey go home.


Something that happened several years ago.Its obvious that he has grown up npw and is more matured.Definitely,that was what the producers also thot cause he is still in the competition and infact i hope he wins the whole thing because he is the best after crystal.


umm excuse me diana I dont have any kids. but my best friend knows him and he IS a deadbeat dad. He dropped them for his music and his 'chance' to become a huge star.


He should be eliminated... plus he doesn't even sing that well. UGH Please put your shirt on too!!!!!!!


I think that Casey James is the next American Idol. I mean he's super cute, has a nice body: smile and everything. And he can sing!!!! I vote for him every week and just because he went to jail for drinking then driving doesn't mean he deserves to lose or be treated differently. Besides it's not like he killed a guy.


ya..his criminal background..whatever. but its bad when he's a deadbeat dad. A friend of mine knows him..The girl he had a baby with is taking care of the kid and he has nothing to do with it.....ya he is really someone to look up to..NOT.


Oh come on, that was 9 years ago, geeze. There's more dirt under my carpet.


I'm thankful that my God is a God of U-Turns!!!


What on earth is Mr Ian Winter, a freakin Psychopath???? He has nothing better to do at 4:29 in the morning??? what a gay freak

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