David Hernandez‚ a 24-year-old finalist from Glendale, Arizona, once worked as a stripper at Dick's Cabaret, appearing fully nude and giving lap dances to the club's "mostly male" clientele, the Associated Press reports.
"He had the look and the type that people like, so he made pretty good money here," club manager Gordy Bryan tells the AP.
Hernandez — who never sang at the club — worked there for three years until last September. "He never renewed his licensing with the state, so he hasn't been on my roster since then," said Bryan, adding that he believes Hernandez quit to focus on Idol.
Rumors of his stripper past — along with photos of a scantily clad Hernandez working as a bartender at a gay club — first surfaced on Idol fan site VoteForTheWorst.com.
Still no word on whether Hernandez will be be given the boot.
In 2003, Frenchie Davis was disqualified for appearing topless on an adult Web site. But Antonella Barba remained on the show last year even though racy photos of her hit the Internet.
Hernandez is set to perform with the other male contestants on tonight's show.
P/s: What a surprised, cause he's not a mover on stage. Simon even once said that he appears tense and needs to loose himself. This guy looks methodically technical while delivering his songs (as if he's focusing so much on applying the vocal technique that has been passed on to him). For his past two performances, his voice glitched a little bit. Yesterday's show saw him performed better. He's one of the strong contenders with strong voice though. Whether he will be stripped from Idol is an interesting question to ask...:)