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Idol's Dad Kicked to Curb

darchuleta-dolly.jpgDavid Archuleta has daddy issues. And the producers of "American Idol" aren't going to take it anymore.

According to USA Today, the popular contestant, who just made it into the Top Two on last night's broadcast, will be flying solo in his rehearsals from here on out. Apparently, his father Jeff Archuleta, who was a consistent influence on his son behind the scenes, has been banned from rehearsals for the rest of the season.

It was his meddling in David's lyrics for "Stand by Me" that had producers reaching the breaking point. When David performed the song last week, his father encouraged him to include additional lyrics from Sean Kingston's remake of that song, "Beautiful Girls." Unfortunately, that meant the show had to pay further song-clearance fees, and producers had enough. Now, it looks like David will be making the majority of the song decisions by himself.

Critics at USA Today suggest the banishment was really intended to show that if David becomes successful, he'll be in the hands of professionals, and not his father. Any way you look at it, though, David has a pretty good chance of winning the "Idol" crown next week. --Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on May 15, 2008 6:46 PM
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