American Idol has had enough of David Archuleta's pesky father and gave him the boot. Jeff Archuleta is known as the "stage dad from hell."
He's supposedly interfered with the production of the show on numerous occasions -- from lyrics to vocal coaches, the band and other contestants. The nuisance is being stopped after some tinkering to a song last week cost the show money.
Jeff insisted that David change the lyrics to "Stand By Me." He wanted to add a verse from Sean Kingston's hit "Beautiful Girls." The producers say they emailed Jeff that the lyrics could not be changed, but David sang it that way anyway during his live performance. (I want to know a little more. Like how was David singing it for rehearsal? Was he in on it too? I mean, the kid is not six. He should be held accountable for the decisions he makes.)
American Idol's lawyers ordered Jeff banned from any room backstage when his son David is rehearsing or learning songs. Because David is 17-year-old, it's AI's position that he doesn't need a guardian, just a teacher.
Jeff will, however, be allowed to sit in the audience during the live shows.
Just as David is no stranger to the big stage, his father should be used to getting banned from the competitions his son enters. Back in 2003, Jeff was banned from the set of Star Search.
Archuleta is a favorite among the three finalists. The other two left competing to be the next American Idol are David Cook and Syesha Mercado. This past week, the three idol hopefuls went back to their hometowns to be honored and adored upon. We'll get to see the hoopla.
Each contestant will sing three songs tomorrow. Not sure of the formula, but something done in the past is... the singers pick one, the judges pick one and legendary record producer, Clive Davis picks the other.