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American Idol: David Hernandez Says Stripping Not To Blame For Elimination

March 14, 2008 03:01 AM by Joe Reality

David Hernandez

Eliminated American Idol finalist David Hernandez, whose past employment as a male stripper has been one of American Idol 7′s biggest stories, recently faced questions from the media. Even though the media was advised that Hernandez was there to talk about his Idol experience and asked not to stray from that subject, Hernandez still faced the unavoidable question about his past and how it affected his Idol chances.

Much to David Hernandez’s credit, he handled all the media questions like a true professional. Hernandez did not blame his stripper past for getting him eliminated from American Idol. Hernandez said, “No, I really don’t think so. I actually believe that it was based on song selection. I think America is smart enough to know by now that people’s personal lives should not influence their musical career.”

When asked if he worried his past was going to come out when he made the top twenty-four, Hernandez said, “Absolutely not. I’m not ashamed of anything that I’ve done in my past. I’m actually looking forward to moving on in the future, because singing is really what matters in my career, and that’s what mattered in the competition. So, no, the only thing I was worried about was my song selection.”

Hernandez also revealed that he had been forthcoming about his past to Idol producers. Hernandez said, “If they weren’t comfortable with it then I wouldn’t have been on the show. Everything was totally out there and open, the media can be vicious some times, and thank God I have thick skin and a great family behind me.”

When asked if the news over the last couple weeks had been a distraction, Hernandez responded, “You know what, I did a pretty good job of blocking it all out, as you probably saw on TV. I actually watched my performance back from Tuesday night, and I was very happy with my stage presence and everything like that. It was just unfortunately not the best song selection in the judges’ eyes and America voted. So, no actually I’ve been staying away from the Internet and the TV, and if this is the worst thing that comes out of my career, then I’m pretty set to go. This has actually been really good for me, because I’ve learned how to have a thick skin and still be able to get on stage and perform for thirty-five million people.”

Right after news of his past occupation as a stripper broke in the media, David Hernandez wowed the judges and America with an incredible performance of “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now.” When asked specifically about that performance, Hernandez said, “I think adversity is my best friend to be completely honest. I think it’s something that inspires me and makes me work harder, and you know, I don’t have anything to say to the people that try to bring me down or count me out. I just tell them to count me back in, because honestly that’s all you can do, and in this industry you really have to have thick skin and know that people are going to say bad things about you, and if this is the worst thing that people say about me in my career, then I think that I’ll be ok.”

After Seacrest revealed that Hernandez had been eliminated, Hernandez let out a big wow. Hernandez explained, “I was genuinely shocked. I really didn’t think that I would be going home. Honestly, based on all the things the judges had said about my vocals, I thought that I would definitely be in the bottom three, but I didn’t feel like I deserved to go home. But everything happens for a reason, like I said on the show. So, yeah, when I said ‘wow,’ I was genuinely like wow.”

In regards to if his elimination was some type of conspiracy, Hernandez said, “I don’t like to speculate about that kind of stuff because I like to have faith in Idol. They’ve given me this huge platform and I totally respect everything that they do on that show. So, if that was the case, it really doesn’t matter anymore. I’m off the show, and I’m not going back on obviously, unless they were to pull me as a wildcard, which would be amazing, but I would like to think that America voted on me and it was legitimate.”

When asked what type of role model he wanted to be, Hernandez replied, “Well, you know, since I was a little kid I’ve always been touched by music, so I would like to touch people with my music as well.”

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