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American Idol Un-Invites Contestant Akron Watson

February 06, 2007 10:33 PM by Joe Reality

Akron_watsonAkron Watson was one of the feel good auditions of the American Idol
San Antonio auditions
.  Akron showed up at the auditions with his
cousin William Green.  Akron described how he was like Bruce Banner and
his cousin was like the Incredible Hulk.  William explained that they
were both unemployed with no source of income, and they were putting
everything they had into the auditions.

After Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson giggled through William’s audition, the judges didn’t seem to have high expectations for Akron.  However, Akron Watson sang a soulful rendition of “A Change Is Going To Come” by Sam Cooke.  After Simon Cowell called him a good singer but boring, Akron sang “Let’s Get It On.”  The second song impressed Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul enough to put him through to Hollywood.      

After leaving the audition room, an exuberant Akron leapt into his cousin’s arms and was hugged by family and friends.  Viewers at home likely couldn’t help but feel good for this unemployed guy, who just got the chance of a lifetime.  However, it turns out that Akron’s American Idol story didn’t have a happy Hollywood ending after all.

According to Pegasus News, Akron Watson was later uninvited from the Hollywood auditions.  American Idol representatives apparently never even fully explained to Akron why he wasn’t being allowed to go.  One possibility is that Akron does have a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession on his record, but Akron claims that he told American Idol about his past. Other contestants with even more serious felony arrests have been allowed to proceed on Idol in the past, as long as they were open and honest with producers. 

The even more confusing thing about Akron Watson’s elimination is that all indications seem to be that he has turned his life around since his arrest.  Pegasus News notes that after a wakeup call when his brother died, Akron dedicated himself to being a good Christian.  Pegasus News tried to get an answer from American Idol, but an American Idol representative told them that the show would not ever be giving a reason for Akron’s elimination from the competition.   

In addition to talking to Dallas media about his disqualification, Akron Watson has launched a MySpace page in an attempt to raise support to get back in the competition.  On Akron’s MySpace page, Akron explains what happened, “WELL, TWO DAYS BEFORE I WAS SCHEDULED TO LEAVE FOR HOLLYWOOD, I recieve a call from Idol saying I’m being cut for "unknown reasons". I don’t know about you, but that seems jacked up to me. I want, need, and deserve my shot @ being the next AMERICAN IDOL.”

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6 Responses to “American Idol Un-Invites Contestant Akron Watson”

  1. elenore Says:
    February 7th, 2007 at 12:45 am

    Akron was one of the best!!! I just lost a lot of respect for American Idol for passing him on to Hollywood and then later telling him they changed their minds. Boo!

  2. laquitaadams Says:
    February 7th, 2007 at 1:08 am

    From what I understand was said in the media, Bo Bice was arrested for cocaine and from what was said Taylor was once arrested for marijuana so either they have changed their rules or it must have been something more serious so that perhaps was not revealed. At any rate I don’t think he had a chance of winning and he should feel lucky that they still aired his performance and gave him some exposure- obviously they did not have to do that.

  3. Marti Says:
    February 7th, 2007 at 8:36 am

    It may have had something to do with him disregarding the confidentiality clause as evidenced by his blabbing to Pegasus news a full week before the air date. If the was talking to them, he was probably talking to others as well.

  4. Anonymous Says:
    February 7th, 2007 at 8:57 am

    I suspect after reviewing all of the audition tapes. The producers realized they had too many of the same types of singers and wanted to narrow down the pool. Unfortunatly for Akron there were others that were better singers in his genre.

  5. Anonymous Says:
    February 7th, 2007 at 9:03 am

    If he did indeed tell the producers about his past, then heck let him be on the competition. It’s not like all celebrities are very good role models nowadays. Be fair, if a person like him is not allowed to be in a competition or have a shot at stardom, PLEASE kick out Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears out of the media.

  6. Anonymous Says:
    February 7th, 2007 at 9:43 am

    kids … be real ….

    He wasn’t that good anyway!

    … and why were these two healthy adult men unemployed … duh.


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