February 17, 2006 01:00 AM by Joe Blackmon
He danced barefoot. He leapt across the stage. He scared Paula Abdul. Crazy Dave Hoover is one of the most memorable contestants to grace the stages of American Idol 5. Reality TV Magazine recently caught up with Dave Hoover, who also goes by the name Mr. Dubious, and got the scoop on his American Idol experience.
Did American Idol producers pressure Crazy Dave to act wild during the auditions? According to Dave, they didn’t have to encourage him to be goofy. However, there was one area where all wasn’t quite as it seemed. As most viewers will remember, it was said that Crazy Dave could talk to the animals. In a shocking confession, Crazy Dave tells Reality TV Magazine, “I don’t actually talk to animals all the time.”
Reality TV Magazine: Can you tell us a little bit about the real Dave Hoover and what your involvement was in music before American Idol?
Dave Hoover: That was the real Dave Hoover, live and in full effect on National BoobTube vision. I’ve been playing music since I was sixteen. I’ll play whatever instrument is around and I have become pretty good at recording and producing my original music. I play mostly to my bedroom walls and have decided it’s time to move on to playing some live shows.
Reality TV Magazine: Have you ever appeared on television before American Idol?
Dave Hoover: Nope, never been on T.V. before.
Reality TV Magazine: Why did you decide to go to the Chicago auditions barefoot?
Dave Hoover: I had sandals on part of the time too. No way would I walk barefoot in most of downtown Chicago.
Reality TV Magazine: Did the producers encourage you to act wild during the Chicago auditions or was that 100% you?
Dave Hoover: No, You don’t have to encourage me to get goofy,I was waiting around for Days to audition… the excitement began to build, my ecstatic soul began to emerge…
Reality TV Magazine: Did you expect all along to get through in the Chicago auditions or were you surprised?
Dave Hoover: I was just very excited to be around the production of a TV show and having a blast! I just tried my best to make the most of my very small amount of time in front of the nation.
Reality TV Magazine: Did Paula and Randy know about your background in music and is that why they let you through?
Dave Hoover: No, I think they got caught up in the wave of energy that I flooded into the place. I thought I sang fairly stylish, except for the last line I totally blew. They also cut out a part of my song that I sang particularly well.
Reality TV Magazine: During your Hollywood audition, you announced your name as Mr. Dubious. Is there a story behind that name?
Dave Hoover: It’s one of my many alter egos. I have too many to list. If you follow my music career over the next few years, you’ll see at least another dozen characters emerge. Mr. Dubious spawned from a claymation character I made, which then turned into a song I wrote.
Reality TV Magazine: Which nickname do you prefer, Mr. Dubious or the Crazy Dave nickname that you were given during the Chicago auditions?
Dave Hoover: I like ‘em all. I’ve gotten the nickname “Crazy Dave” before,multiple times.
Reality TV Magazine: When you jumped in front of the judges table during the Hollywood auditions, Paula Abdul looked startled? Do you think you scared her with your sudden moves?
Dave Hoover: Yeah, she had her back turned when I leaped, so it definitely freaked her out to see me standing a foot away when she turned around to a loud thump of a crazy Dave landing on the table.
Reality TV Magazine: Did you interact much with the judges? If so what were they like?
Dave Hoover: The only time I got to talk to the judges is when I was on stage or auditioning. I like ‘em all.
Reality TV Magazine: What would you like to say to critics that say you didn’t deserve to make it through to Hollywood and Randy and Paula just wasted a spot that could have gone to someone else?
Dave Hoover: They don’t have a certain allotted number of spots for people they send to Hollywood. They can send as little or as many people as they want. So there was no space to be taken. I think most people that would go to the trouble of posting something negative online probably don’t have the nerves to try what is much easier to ridicule..
Reality TV Magazine: Some recent news reports say that the new American Idol contract prevents even contestants who get cut from entering into any recording contract agreements until three months after the airing of finale without American Idol’s permission. Some say this is to prevent another William Hung from emerging. Can you confirm or deny that the American Idol contract has such a condition?
Dave Hoover: I dunno, I guess I’ll find out soon enough. Everyone that I encountered on the show seemed nice.
Reality TV Magazine: Did you form any friendships or make any enemies during the American Idol auditions?
Dave Hoover: I was pretty shy and quiet most of the time, except for my performances. I didn’t want to be rude or loud while everyone else is trying to rehearse and prepare for such an enormous event. After my Hollywood performance, I hung out with a group of the contestants and had a good time sharing the experience we all got to be a part of. I didn’t make any enemies that I know of, I’m a peaceful kind of person, way more interested in having fun and finding my own purpose and bliss in this life than causing problems.
Reality TV Magazine: Now that you are out of the competition, who are you rooting for to win American Idol 5?
Dave Hoover: My roommate Patrick Hall made it through. He ironed my clothes for me because I don’t know how to iron. That was nice of him. I’ve never actually voted before.
Reality TV Magazine: Is there anything else that you would like to tell our readers about your involvement with American Idol?
Dave Hoover: I don’t actually talk to animals all the time. That whole clip spawned out of a question I was asked about why I was a vegetarian. I spoke of one occasion when I was sixteen, and went on to describe how it was more of a mutual feeling of connectiveness not a literal conversation. But I thought it was hilarious how they portrayed it! Don’t we all talk to our pets?
Reality TV Magazine: What’s next for Crazy Dave?
Dave Hoover: I’m hoping to do a music tour this spring and summer, put out a really honed CD, make a movie, be on TV some more, dance a lot under the stars,..the list goes on.