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American Idol Crying Girl Ashley Ferl Is Idol’s Latest Unlikely Star

March 25, 2007 07:43 AM by Joe Blackmon

Ashley_ferlIn addition to making stars out of some of the best singers in America,
American Idol is such a powerful television vehicle that anyone that
becomes involved with the show has the possibility of becoming an
overnight sensation.  Back during American Idol 3, William Hung became
popular for having a positive attitude even though he sang badly.
Earlier during this season of American Idol 6, Kenneth Briggs &
Jonathan Jayne
found fame because they were nice guys that received
some harsh comments from the judges.  Sixty-four year old Sherman Pore
also became a sensation because of a heartwarming story about losing
his lady love to cancer.

However, the latest instant celebrity created by American Idol proves that you don’t even have to audition for the show to become swept up in the media juggernaut that is American Idol.  Ashley Ferl was just an audience member when the American Idol cameras found her.  She owes her new found fame not to singing at all, but simply to crying while others sang. 

Following in the footsteps of David Hasselhoff who cried at the American Idol 5 finale, Ashley Ferl let the water works flow during the most recent American Idol performance show.  After Haley Scarnato performed, Ryan Seacrest initially talked to Ashley Ferl after a commercial break.  Ashley was only weeping slightly, when Seacrest said “Tears of joy, right.  You’re having fun.  Good, good to have you with us.  Thanks for coming.”  However, it was during Sanjaya Malakar’s performance that Ashley really became the focus of attention.  The camera flashed to her sobbing several times, and Simon Cowell remarked “I think the little girl’s face says it all.” 

Ryan Seacrest then clarified “I actually think she liked him.  Yeah, that was good right, you enjoyed that, you’re a fan.”  Sanjaya Malakar then went down and gave a very excited Ashley a hug.  At the end of the show, Ryan Seacrest also called Ashley up on the stage to meet all the American Idol finalists. 

By the next day, newspapers and talk shows were clamoring to get the scoop on the famous American Idol crying girl.  Early speculation on message boards suggested that maybe the crying girl was a hired actress or part of some wish granting charitable organization.  However, it turns out she was neither.  The LA Times discovered that Ashley Ferl had tickets to “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” which included passes to a dress rehearsal for Idol.  When Idol producers saw her crying, they evidently realized that it would make for good TV and gave her front and center seats to the final taping.

How long will Ahsley Fern’s new found fame last?  Not everyone is able to make a career out of their American Idol fame like William Hung.  Often the attention fades away after a couple days of doing the talk show circuit.  However, we wouldn’t be surprised if American Idol producers invite Ashley back and feature her again on the American Idol finale.   

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26 Responses to “American Idol Crying Girl Ashley Ferl Is Idol’s Latest Unlikely Star”

  1. Anonymous Says:
    March 25th, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Aww, she’s a sweet girl and she is just a fan of Sanjaya.

  2. Thegirl Says:
    March 25th, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    She is just a very sweet girl cheering on Jaya.

  3. Tyler Says:
    March 25th, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    well it’s cool she got soo happy over Sanjaya cuz he just is AWESOME!!! but seriously people some stupid, fat, pig-face girl is gonna cry and that makes her famous then hell why don’t fifty other people that cry at concerts every summer get articles in newspapers or tv reports? u know what that little girl is getting used by American Idol and it’s not even that cute cuz she is uglier than a jackal. COME ON!!!

  4. Sarah Polley Says:
    March 25th, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    These crying girls really annoy me. They dont deserve to win anything.

  5. shele Says:
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    Give me a flipping break! They are using that little girl big time! Although it was funny the first time they focused on her, but the other 50 times, very annoying!!!! We want to watch people sing , not cry. I may not blame her though for crying while sa….. vagina was singing , poor boy …not good dog!

  6. handsome Says:
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    very very suck..I thought she likes Sanjaya, but after that, she kept on crying when other contestants were singing…so I guess she was mad…cry without any reason

  7. cobbi Says:
    March 26th, 2007 at 12:04 am

    I’ve seen this before, Paula cried so many times before but for this girl, why the AI is making a big deal of this girl? Are they really rooting for this Indian to win this season? Showing this girl crying over and over for this Indian means more sympathy votes. I’m sure there are a lot of smart voters out there who knows that AI is a singing competition not a soap opera.

  8. Shelly Says:
    March 26th, 2007 at 6:26 am

    As a mother of five girls and three stepdaughter, I think people should take another look at that show. This little girl wasn’t crying, she was trying to make herself cry. She was looking for attention and got it….Take it from me, it’s all for show.

  9. Shelly Says:
    March 26th, 2007 at 6:28 am

    As a mother of five girls and three stepdaughters, I think people should take another look at that show. This little girl wasn’t crying, she was trying to make herself cry. She was looking for attention and got it….Take it from me, it’s all for show.

  10. nova Says:
    March 26th, 2007 at 6:52 am

    I am not American , I don’t know how young girls in America are , do they cry every time they watch American Idol or not . Maybe all girls under 15 cry , every time American Idol on ?

  11. Anonymous Says:
    March 26th, 2007 at 7:33 am

    a stupid little girl who idolize the bad singer (sanjaya),i’m indian but i’m not vote for sanjaya coz he terible

  12. juergen Says:
    March 26th, 2007 at 8:38 am

    why a lot of people cried when Michael Jackson was sing? It’s was the same why this little girl was crying.Cry for the STAR

  13. karen Says:
    March 26th, 2007 at 8:48 am

    I just wanted to say, there will never be a a AI,season like last year or the yr before.

  14. Anonymous Says:
    March 26th, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    I WANTED TO KILL THAT GIRL

  15. Anonymous Says:
    March 26th, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    I’LL GIVE HER SOMETHING TO CRY ABOUT

  16. Anonymous Says:
    March 28th, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    AAAHHHH HER FACE AHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAA

  17. Taylor Says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    She probably put tears in her eyes to make her cry. So dumb little girl crying then she gets famous. Other people cry and their not famous. I wanna kill that girl!!!!!

  18. Taylor Says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    She probably put tears in her eyes to make her cry. So dumb little girl crying then she gets famous. Other people cry and their not famous. I wanna kill that girl!!!!!

  19. Danielle Says:
    April 2nd, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Hey Shelly, Karen, and “The girl” you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about! You don’t know Ashley, so don’t talk about her like that!
    Karen you can “want to kill” Ashley all you want, but here’s something you should get through your freaking mind, you wanting to “kill” Ashley, ISN’T GOING TO DO ANYTHING!!! So get over it!
    Shelly, we are so happy you have 5 daughters and 3 stepdaughters, but since you have that many daughter you should probably get off the freaking computer and go look after them, before they(if they haven’t already)start screwing around with guys that have some type of STD, and will probably get them knocked up!!!
    Last but not least, “The girl”, nice grammar and spelling! Here’s some advice, get off the computer and go do some homework, because with that grammar and spelling you probably have F’s in ALL of your classes! That and you shouldn’t be criticizing her looks, because it’s likely you’re 4 times uglier!
    Now none of you people have meet Ashley. And have no right to judge her the way you did! I will tell you a little bit about her though. She is one of the nicest people I know! She is a GREAT friend. American Idol is her favorite show, and it has been a dream of hers to see American Idol live and in person! Okay do you people get the point?! You people don’t know Ashley and have not met her, so don’t judge her! She was crying for a reason, a reason that is none of your business!

  20. Noneya Says:
    April 2nd, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    That girl has to have some sort of mental disorder (I’m thinking BiPolar) and it is pathetic how the Tv shows are using it to their advantage. I mean, does she really deserve to be on the news and in newspaper just because she can’t controll her emotional state better?

  21. Noneya Says:
    April 2nd, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    Taylor- Oh yeah, like we are really going to belive that you personally know this girl. *rolls eyes* And while you are dissing everyone else, you may have overlooked the fact that this is the internet and no one is going to belive a word you typed.

  22. Danielle Says:
    April 3rd, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    Hey Noneya, you think i dont know Ashley! Oh…well here is some stuff about her that only people that know her would know! She has Spongebob all over her bed. Spongebob and American Idol are 2 of her favorite shows. For halloween she dressed up as a HUGE American Idol fan(although she already is!) , with giant posters and went screaming through the neighborhood. One of her teachers is Ms. Bennet. She DOESN’T have a Myspace. And if anyone says “Hey look theres a firefly!(and refers to Sarah)” there is a good chance she will crack up laughing!

    Do you get the point? If you don’t then you are really stupid! I know her, get over it. Because no matter what you say can change that!

  23. Noneya Says:
    April 6th, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    And how exactly are we to tell wheather you are tellin the truth or not when you tell us some “stuff about her that only people that know her would know”. I’m not trying to pretend that I know her and neither is anyone else here, so why would you tell us things to prove your point when we have no way to check your statements. Real smart.

  24. Emily Says:
    April 7th, 2007 at 10:20 am

    OMG LOL so what Noneya or whatever your name is. Some people can hate her and some people can like her…no offence but when she was on the show she looked retarded but when she was off the show and in an interview she looked like an okay person. She was like scruntched up in herself like she was about to die becasue of all the cameras… LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

  25. HEATHER Says:
    April 9th, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    THATS MY BEST FRIEND SHE IZ SO KOOL AND ALOT OF YALL HAVE PROBLEMS (IT WASN’T STAGED AND IT WASNT FOR ATTITON SHE IS ACUTLY VERY SHY UNLESS SHE KNOWS YOU REALLY WELL)AND ALL OF YOU PEPOLE NEED A LIFE SERSOILY YOU ARE ALL JUST JELOUS BECAUSE SHES GETTING ATTENTION AND MONEY AND YOUR NOT IM NOT SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT THE SHOW BECAUSE I DONT WATC THE SHOW SO WHAT DO I KNOW ABOUT THIS DUDE EVERYONS MAKING A BIG DEAL OVER

  26. HEATHER Says:
    April 9th, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    THATS MY BEST FRIEND SHE IZ SO KOOL AND ALOT OF YALL HAVE PROBLEMS (IT WASN’T STAGED AND IT WASNT FOR ATTITON SHE IS ACUTLY VERY SHY UNLESS SHE KNOWS YOU REALLY WELL)AND ALL OF YOU PEPOLE NEED A LIFE SERSOILY YOU ARE ALL JUST JELOUS BECAUSE SHES GETTING ATTENTION AND MONEY AND YOUR NOT IM NOT SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT THE SHOW BECAUSE I DONT WATC THE SHOW SO WHAT DO I KNOW ABOUT THIS DUDE EVERYONS MAKING A BIG DEAL OVER

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