Hollywood, California (WiredPRNews.com) — Gossip columns and entertainment articles have long written about the supposed over-bearing father of Idol Top 3 contestant, David Archuleta, with reports about meddling in songs and putting heavy pressure on the 17-year old singing heartthrob.
David Archuleta got his first taste of the spotlight on the show Star Search in 2003. Jeff Archuleta, David’s father, was reported to have gotten kicked off of the set of the singing show after harassing a few of the contestants. In this season of American Idol, sum five years later, it seems the elder Archuleta is still on the stage parent wave and the producers of “Idol” have had enough of his over-bearing antics.
According to ABCNews.com, the final straw came last week as David took the stage to sing his own version of “Stand by Me” which was highly praised by the “Idol” judges. During one of the choruses, David quipped out a small alteration of the song using a part of Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls”, apparently due to a urging from David’s father.
Although the crowd appeared to enjoy the version of the song, adding a piece in from another song is unacceptable. According to reports, Jeff had already been warned not to use the “Beautiful Girls” lyrics due to song rights that American Idol would have to pay. Obviously, Jeff did not heed the warning and he was subsequently banned from rehearsals.
Jessica Shaw, an editor at Entertainment Weekly, stated, “His dad is definitely very involved. ‘I want this drum beat, and have you heard this version, can you call up this thing on YouTube?’ He doesn’t try to dispel the rumors that he is a stage father.”
A brief history conducted on Jeff Archuleta notes that he has a history in the music industry as a professional musician. Experts say that parents who develop stage-parent mentalities are usually trying to overcome failures in their own past in the hopes that their children can exceed their own limitations.
Wired Entertainment Reporter