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Carrie Underwood’s debut is “the most successful record from any Idol contestant”

Carrie Underwood’s new record Carnival Ride will be released next week, and when it comes to expectations, it has some tough competition: her first album. Some Hearts has followed up on its initial success by “[selling] nearly 6 million copies, recently squeaking by Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway to become the most successful record from any Idol …

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Jessica Sierra charged with cocaine possession, aggravated battery; works at Hooters

American Idol 4 finalist Jessica Sierra was arrested and charged this weekend with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of cocaine, and introduction of contraband into a detention facility, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s report. She was “out partying with friends at the Hyde Park Cafe in South Tampa” when “[p]olice say …

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Lawyer: Mario Vazquez’s exit from Idol “was not voluntary in any way shape or form”

The lawyer for the man who’s suing FOX and Mario Vazquez for sexual harassment said in an interview that Mario Vazquez was forced to leave American Idol 4, and says his client is suing now only because FOX and the show’s producers wouldn’t negotiate. “I believe it (Vazquez’s departure) was not voluntary in any way …

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Idol PA sues Mario Vazquez for sexually harassing him in a bathroom by masturbating, asking about oral sex

A former American Idol employee says he was fired after complaining of sexual harassment by fourth season contestant Mario Vazquez, who left the show under mysterious circumstances. Specifically, Magdaleno Olmos, who was an assistant production accountant for FremantleMedia, the company that produces the show, says a supervisor “repeatedly threatening to fire” Olmos after he reported …

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