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March 4, 2008
Idol Chatter: Stripping and staying

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You didn't expect Season 7 to pass without some big brouhaha? Right?

This year? It's Top 16 guy David Hernandez (pictured), who the Associated Press outed today as a male stripper. And this as the guys get set to perform tonight (at 8 p.m. on Channel 40) for a coveted spot in the "Idol" Top 12.

But lest you fret that David got his backside slapped, "Idol" executive producer Ken Warwick tells TVGuide.com that he doesn’t care about David H.'s stripper past.

“The truth is we're never judgmental about what people do to earn a living. They've gotta put food in people's mouths,” he says. "We've had strippers on the show before….If it were some sort of heavy porn, then maybe we'd have to take action. But certainly not on this.”

So again, that means David's performance (which has already been taped) will go on.

For those of you who haven't heard: For three years, 24-year-old Hernandez worked as a stripper at Dick's Cabaret in Glendale, Ariz., where he danced nude and gave lap dances to a mostly male clientele.

Guess it will be up to the voting public whether to keep David H. on the show. And can I just go on record: Never, ever run for office if you've been a bad boy or bad girl. It will come out. And, most definitely, don't think you'll win the "Granny" vote on "Idol" if you've been paid for lap dances. Just sayin'.

Besides, David H. really should have gone the first week. He's not as strong as some of the other guys. If he goes on Thursday (along with another guy and two girls), don't be shocked. Remember Antonella!


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