February 24, 2007 01:30 AM by Joe Reality
The biggest American Idol story circulating is about alleged photos of
American Idol semi-finalist Antonella Barba that show her engaged in
some very un-Idol like behavior. Earlier this week, some of the search
engines started to report on spikes in searches for Antonella Barba.
While early speculation revolved around her being one of the most
popular contestants, the searches were likely the result of revealing
photos that were just starting to surface on message boards and blogs.
The first photos were very mild and allegedly showed Antonella on the toilet and posed topless with other girls (with her hands covering her breasts). More recent photos that have surfaced have been much more revealing in nature. On the official American Idol message boards, posts giving link information to the most controversial pictures seem to be popping up and being deleted every couple of minutes.
On the American Idol top twelve girls performance show, the controversial pictures were not addressed, but Paula Abdul did offer some sympathetic words to Antonella after her performance was criticized by Randy Jackson. Despite less than stellar overall feedback from the judges, Antonella survived in the competition during Thursday’s American Idol results show.
There has been much speculation over if Antonella Barba will be disqualified from the competition like American Idol 2 finalist Frenchie Davis. However, Entertainment Weekly reported on comments from Nigel Lythgoe that seem to suggest that she will not be forced out. Lythgoe told Entertainment Weekly that “‘It’s sad, isn’t it, that your best friends are the ones that come forward with information that will go to Smoking Gun or put your photographs on the web?” Since Antonella Barba appears to be the victim of private pictures being made public without her permission, American Idol producers might very well treat it with more sympathy than past situations. Assuming that Fox does not disqualify her or she doesn’t voluntarily step down, the photos will still likely impact her chances in the competition. However, will people sympathize with her situation and still vote for her or will the pictures create outrage and cost her votes?