March 04, 2008 08:33 AM by Jennifer_Brown
According to the Associated Press, Gordy Bryan, manager ofa Phoenix men’s establishment calledDick’s Cabaret, saysHernandez worked there– dancingin the nude –for three years, ending in 2007.
In fact, Bryan claims, Henandez’s first audition inSan Diegotook place while he was still employed at Dick’s Cabaret. He left the job two months later.
American Idol representatives had no comment forthe Associated Press, and Hernandez’s fate in the competition remains to be seen.This is not the first time Idol has had to deal with a naked contestant controversy. In 2003, finalist Frenchie Davis was yanked from the show when news of an adult website photo surfaced, yetlast year’s Antonella Barba continued in the competition even after racy Internet photos of the finalist were discovered.
Last week Hernandez rocked the judges with a top-notch performance of Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone. He’s scheduled to performagain tonightwith the guys.
American Idol airs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 8:00 PM (ET)on FOX.