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Will Antonella Barba Photos Help Or Hurt Her American Idol Chances?

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
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?

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60 Responses to “Will Antonella Barba Photos Help Or Hurt Her American Idol Chances?”

  1. Jon Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 2:05 am

    In some of those photos, she is posing near-naked at the WWII memorial. That is a huge slap in the face to our troops. It’s shameful if this girl stays in the competition after this display.

  2. Anonymous Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 5:57 am

    Those pictures came out wayy too soon. Those pictures are a disgrace. I mean I think it would be more “acceptable” if the “topless” pic was the only thing that was on the net, but look at all those disguisting poses. She needs to get out of the competition.

  3. Antonellastinks Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 7:56 am

    Antonella does not deserve to still be in the competition because she can’t even sing and those photos were just nasty. I never saw them online, but I saw the pictures on extra and I thought it was so nasty. Antonella should be ashamed of her self of putting the pictures online. What if little kids saw them, how would she feel? I heard you are supposed to get droped out of the comp. if you have disturbing pictures online. I really hope she leaves this week and does not make the top 12 or I will be very upset because she is the worst singer out of the girls. YUCK!!!!

  4. Anonymous Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 8:07 am

    Lighten up, people. It’s a singing contest. She’ll eliminate herself on that premise alone, because she can’t sing compared to the other contestants.

  5. Sagie Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 8:19 am

    Most of the pictures are typical college pictures of her being silly. These weren’t photo shoots that she was being paid for. I would think people would have a bit more sympathy for her since I would be boiling mad if friends put my personal pictures out there for all to see!

    I think it might it keep her in the competition a tad longer just because of name recognition and votefortheworst.com supporting her. But she really isn’t on par with the other females and shouldn’t be on the show to long.

  6. Sarah Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 11:03 am

    Wonderful, not only did they put through someone who can’t sing, she also has skeletons in the closet. Where is Ebony Jointer? She had an amazing voice and all anyone can figure out about her disaperance is that its because she posed for a team photo of the Chicago bliss lingerie football team. Where is the justice in that?

  7. Rachel Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    Frenchie Davis, a contestant from a few years ago was kicked out the competition for posing topless on the internet. The same should happen to Antonella.

  8. Lota loves pictures Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    I think the nasty pictures of Barbara will only ruin her image, because no real money making advertiser will ever want to be affiliated with Antonella`s nasty image now.

    Thank you for sharing this story with me !

  9. defabz Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    I have not seen the pics, but regardless, she is easily the weakest singer in the competition. I bet Playboy makes her an offer once she is out – it will be interesting to see if she accepts it.

  10. matt walker Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    I think she should not only remain, I hope enough people vote for her that it completely derails the credibility of the program. I voted for Doolittle last time but, in light of the porno shots that surfaced today, I’m voting for the Italian sausage queen from now on.

  11. Bartman Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with the comments that she is a “typical” american college girl. Accept it or not… that is what girls do today… I don’t think she should be disqualified. Let the people vote.

  12. Anonymous Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Sure a lot of college girls are into that. The difference is not everyone lets people take pics of them giving bjs. If Antonella thought those pics weren’t going to be posted on the net, she is truly stupid. Imagine if she gets to the top 12 and becomes famous. Imagine all the scandals she is going to cause. The “topless” pics and the lesbian poses ones at least were more “acceptable”. And who knows if she even has a sex tape.

  13. Anonymous Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    People, we are trying to build up an example here. Sure celebrities get in scandals all the time, but they didn’t start out with scandals now did they? I feel bad for her family.

  14. Anonymous Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Lol, this article made me laugh. We’re looking at the future Paris Hilton. I personally think the pictures were pretty nasty and yes a lot of college girls and even high school girls do that all the time. So with that mind she should stay in the competition. However, I came across the pics of her in a wet shirt in front of the WWII memorial! Do you guys think that is acceptable? Because of THOSE pictures, I think they should make her apologize AT LEAST for that.

  15. Anonymous Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    with the porn pics of the bj, they need to kick her out. Otherwise she will make the top 12, because votefortheworst.com has her as their favorite, which means she will get millions of votes because they want people voting for her to make Fox mad.

  16. Anonymous Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    People are saying if they let her stay on the show, Frenchie should sue FOX for “discrimination”.

  17. kfez Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    First of all she can’t sing. Besides that she and her little friend were very rude to Bailey Brown earlier in the competition. Now chickens are coming home to roost and she is getting exactly what she deserves.

  18. Anonymous Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    “What goes around comes around” Antonella. So let’s say she gets kick out of the show. Will she also get expelled from her University for giving a “bad” image?

  19. Sinty Jones Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    I did her.

  20. Anonymous Says:
    February 25th, 2007 at 12:12 am

    Nigel, show respect for the Veterans. Kick this girl out of the competition OR bring those whom you thought were a “disgrace” to society.

  21. Donna Lane Says:
    February 25th, 2007 at 2:32 am


  22. Matt Walker Says:
    February 25th, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    I garauntee you that the producers are loving every ounce of this publicity dung heap. I’m enjoying it also, but only for the way the show is derailing itself. As for what she herself should do, she would personally benefit more by taking the high road and stepping down. Common sense stipulates that, in light of Doolittle’s and Lakisha’s monumental pipes, there’s no way she deserves to win, which is why I’m voting out for the Italian chick, because this show has zero credibility.

  23. Beeboo Rockin Says:
    February 25th, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Hot. Simply put… sex sells. Keep the pictures (and video) coming!

  24. Laughing at you Says:
    February 25th, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Hey you Christian CAPS freak ~ NOBODY cares if you watch the show !! NOBODY knows who you are nor do they want to know !! Go preach elsewhere you psycho trollop !!

  25. Fred Smith Says:
    February 25th, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    Haha, did we have a resurgance of the “God Warrior”. That looks like something the “God Warrior” would type. God God Warrior.

  26. Steve Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 12:43 am

    She’s a whore, plain and simple. She should be forced to leave the competition, because we don’t need any more sluts like Britney Spears influencing young ladies in America. Let’s make an example of her and send a message to this young generation that behavior like this is inappropriate and will cost you your future.

  27. Anonymous Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 5:12 am

    American Idol needs to disqualify Antonella for breaking the rules.

    I don’t know why they are refusing to kick her off the show when they have kicked off other contestants in previous seasons for breaking their “moral clause.”

    Why is Antonella getting special treatment from FOX?

  28. Anonymous Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 5:58 am

    Because she probably signed a Playboy deal.

  29. Vanessa Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 5:58 am

    Some1 just leaked out Antonella Barba’s pics that have been circling around to get her kicked off the show. Her private life is hers and hers only. She has a great personality. People should be thinking about that. And she has a GREAT voice. She didn’t pick the right song in her last performace but shes still a great singer. I hope people can stop the picture controversy.

  30. Muansanga Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 6:48 am

    All comments are true. AI is a singing competition. But if you expect AI contestants or winners to be role models, then, without a doubt she has to go. I don’t really know if she has the VOICE but let us remind ourselves, she is just a human being like the rest of us – fallible.

  31. Anonymous Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 10:04 am

    I think its hilarious that those photos were found…i dont think she should be kicked off or that anybody should make a big deal out of it because its just going to turn into one of those things where some compony picks her up because they know that everybodies eyes are on her…like Willium Hung!!!

  32. teg Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 10:25 am

    Hey, there is ONE thing that needs to be considered here. OMFG!! This girl si SMOKING HOT!! Wow, those naked pics of her, and the one of her going down on a guy, and the one of her covered in rose petals… wowowowowowowooooow!! She is REALLY REALLY a sexy babe!!

  33. Anonymous Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Ihave never voted on American Idol, but after seeing those pics, she’ll get my vote times some. She has a big and bright future. Why not see as much of her on tv and the internet than we can now, before she is famous!

  34. Richard Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Her personal life is her own business. She’s a young person enjoying her life and not harming anyone in the process. Nothing wrong with that! I’m not a fan. She’s not a great singer and should be judged on her singing ability alone. I personally will vote for her until she is ultimately eliminated just so I can give the finger to all the self rightious, judgemental people in our society.

  35. Cyg Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Eh, she’s just a dumb slut. She should get kicked off for being stupid enough to do that stuff in public AND allow someone to take a picture of it. If she doesn’t get kicked off, then it would be saying that it’s OK to be a slut. Like Fred up there said, make an example of her.

  36. ej Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    Give me a break people, she smiled for her honey’s camera, what’s the big deal??? If she got paid for those poses, Ok, but otherwise let her singing do the talking

  37. NoDumbBunny Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    After a solid week of Britney versus Anna Nicole’s corpse for tabloid headlines, my question is this: What is the definition an American Idol? Apparently, it’s a talentless hard-partying big-boobed bimbo with no moral compass. I saw Antonella’s pics–including the ones with the weinerschnitzel down her gullet–and if that’s what America idolizes, the show should keep her. What I find most interesting is that when a person of color WITH AN ACTUAL VOICE gets freaky on film (Frenchie Davis), she gets fired. Immediately. Nice to know that in 2007 racial double-standards still exist.

  38. J Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    First of all she if beautiful, shes ok at singing last performace sucked i thought she would do alot better then that but well see this week if she steps it up, but her friend is a ass for putting those pictures up and i dont get how a pritty girl could be so slutty also lol kinda shitty what a waste

  39. catherine Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    so what.. revealing pictures, all couples do stupid things like that.. what makes her any different? i feel bad for the scumbag who posted them

  40. Kinger Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    So what happens when 19 year old Antonella reveals that the pictures of her were taken over a year or so ago? Are all the viewers and posters regarding her pictures going to jail for posting or viewing child porn? I’m not sure when the pics were taken, but it sure is something to think about. Who is to say that she lies and says they were taken when she was 17? Can AI use child porn against a contestant?

  41. DaMama Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    I saw the pictures. They are disgusting. If they would have surfaced before the top 24, she should have be kicked off. And don’t give me this “all college girls do this” crapola. Most college girls I know would never do anything so stupid in this age of YouTube, MySpace and cellphone cameras.

    Antonella cannot sing. She is a lightweight in with heavyweights. She needs togo home this week. She should have gone home last week. She was HORRIBLE. If she doesn’t, the producers need to SEND HER HOME. This is not what American Idol stands for.

    Ebony did not make it to the top 24 because of her racy lingerie pix. If Antonella does not go home this week, I will personally call FOX in LA and voice my displeasure at keeping this very foolish, stupid girl on AI.

  42. too late. Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    The pictures will hurt her, and now she missed her boat, she could have pulled a paris if she showed off her vulva, oh well, too late for her now.

  43. tiptoe Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    She had a really, really bad week last week – horrible song horribly sung (and no matter what you say, she knew it too.) Top that off with her ‘friends’ posting seriously bad, distasteful pictures of her all over the internet. Her personal life is her own business, that’s true. But when you put yourself in the spotlight then you have to be willing to take the glare. And I don’t think she’s going to be able to do that, unless Playboy comes along with a big contract.

  44. Anonymous Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    Even if Antonella stays, she won’t make it to the top 12. So when she leaves Idol nobody at home will respect her anymore. She won’t be able to trust her friends again. She honestly has ruined her reputation just for being stupid.

  45. El magico Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Kinger, “Most college girls I know would never do anything so stupid in this age of YouTube, MySpace and cellphone cameras” are you fucking on drugs or plain fucking stupid. What college did you go to? Show me a College, University, Catholic High School, and I’ll show you girls doing things ten times worst than what is being posted it. You must be a mormon living in a tube. Get a grip. The only thing is that problably no one is going to post your butt ugly picture of yourself because you are not worth a penny :>)

    The asshole exboyfried or ex friend of hers, should be hung by his little pennis because he is a jelous loser. It was done privately and privately is should have remainded.

    Some here are right, she might not be the best singer out there, but do not judge her for those pics, vote or do not vote for her for her voice.

  46. Daniel Says:
    February 27th, 2007 at 12:40 am

    Regardless of her AI outcome, these pictures will have a negative effect on what should have been one of the brightest moments in her young life. Don’t loose the lesson. To people young and old, if you don’t want your family and friends to see you in personal and private moments, don’t take a picture of it. Relationships change. I guarantee it. If you don’t want to see your words in court, don’t put it in writing. I think none of us have the credentials to cast the first stone. Many of the pictures were poor judgment. I think good kids sometimes make bad choices. Too bad that the motto of experience is “ouch”. I intend to vote for my favorite idol each week and let the chips fall where they may.

  47. Kinger Says:
    February 27th, 2007 at 12:43 am

    El Magico, wanna show me a trick? Show me your brain! Take a look at the format of where people’s names appear for their posts. I don’t disagree with what you said; I just disagree with your attempt at sounding intelligent. I feel bad for you because you screwed up and picked on the wrong guy, me of all posters, you meant to pick on DaMama. Now I have to discriminate you in public. I’ll await an apology and please get it right next time, at least go to the effort of using spell check. There’s nothing worse than calling someone stupid while misspelling the words doing so.

  48. Anonymous Says:
    February 27th, 2007 at 12:57 am

    El Magico is right. Whoever leaked the pictures is to blame. She’s not a “slut” or “whore” because she engagned in activities that adults do in private–her activities just happened to have had a camera involved and appear to have been taken for private viewing only.

    I love that everyone is calling her horrific names when the only thing she did was become semi-famous after having private pictures made that were then leaked. Where’s the hate for her “friends” who leaked them? Where’s the pity for the fact that she has horrific taste in friends, people she once trusted who stabbed her in the back? Can you imagine how she must feel now?

    But at least no one here as ever made a mistake. That’s reassuring.

  49. Smokey Says:
    February 27th, 2007 at 9:18 am

    Are you people really that diluted? AI will not disqualify her simply because of provocative photographs on the web. Frenchie Davis was disqualified because she posed topless for a website that contained pornographic pictures of minors. The two twins were disqualified for drug posession. etc, etc. The point here is that the only leg that AI has to stand on, as far as eliminating people goes, is the fact that those people had criminal records. Antonella does not. Case and point.

  50. Swampgal Says:
    February 27th, 2007 at 11:00 am

    uhhh..Yall all want her off but yall sure took the time to go look at the pictures..I think she is GREAT and should be the NEXT American Idol….If yall would do yall reseach yall would see that the pictures are Fake….. Oh and By the way how many of you out there took pictures of your sex life in the privates of your home… What is so wrong in her having sex…Dont we all…So stop with the name calling and being rude…Just stop and thing about it.I’m sure you will see my point.. There is a web site thats shows u that they are FAKE…. I think its so sad that people in our country could judge people so fast ans dont know chap about that person….She will have my VOTE FOR AS AS SHE IS ON THERE…THANKS

  51. Chip Brown Says:
    February 27th, 2007 at 11:14 am

    Seriously people, it’s this simple:

    Don’t let anyone take a photo of you that you wouldn’t want to show to your children one day. How will Antonella feel in the future if she has a daughter who sees these pictures and decides it’s okay to do what Mommy’s doing in the photos?

    Pretty simple to answer and yes, I do practice what I preach.

  52. El gato Says:
    February 27th, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    She needs to go! Even if her slutty behavior is “normal” for today’s dumb girls, it is still not AI type of behavior. Blowjobs should not be casual behavior! She is NOT all that good looking, and her singing is not first class, so put her back in the gutter where she apparently doesn’t mind being.

  53. May Says:
    February 27th, 2007 at 7:57 pm


  54. AB Fan Says:
    March 1st, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    AHHHHHH hahahahahaha! See what a hot body will get you in America? She ain’t going nowhere!!!! I look forward to seeing her jiggle on the AI stage for weeks to come. God Bless America! Thank you for voting for TRUE talent.

  55. kaizer Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 2:17 am

    dont be so rude about antonella, nobody’s perfect…

  56. Anonymous Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 2:19 am

    wat you say about antonella just exactly reflects about yourself…..

  57. Anonymous Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 2:20 am

    lets give her another chance

  58. Anonymous Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 2:25 am

    do you people judging her have minds? those photos are FAKE…u r being deceived on wat u see. theres someone outder trying to make a fool of us, dont you get it! coz if u dont, ur a FOOL>>

  59. Anonymous Says:
    March 12th, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    Where are the Antonella pictures? I feel like poppa smurf with blue Ballz

  60. AmericanIdolStar Says:
    April 9th, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    She wasnt that bad i mean people make mistakes you all need to chill out. So she messed up once so what let it go. Shes a good girl at heart.


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