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David Hernandez: Idol with A Stripper Past


So, American Idol David Hernandez' (above, right) forays into the world of male strip dancing for ''mostly male'' clientele have hit the New York Times "Arts" section (via the AP):

"The 24-year-old finalist from Glendale, Ariz., once worked as a stripper at Dick's Cabaret, appearing fully nude and performing lap dances for the club's 'mostly male' clientele, club manager Gordy Bryan said Monday...It's not clear whether a history as a stripper could disqualify Hernandez from the competition. In 2003, finalist Frenchie Davis was dismissed because of her appearance on an adult Web site; but last year, Antonella Barba remained in the competition after racy photos of her surfaced on the Internet...Bryan said he was aware that Hernandez was a vocalist, but that Hernandez never sang at the club. Bryan said he now believes Hernandez stopped working at the club because of his participation in 'American Idol.' Hernandez has never been referred to as a stripper or former stripper during the Fox singing competition."

Hernandez_david_2Meanwhile, Queerclick (site NSFW) has dug up some shots (and video) of Hernandez hanging out with a buddy who's also known as "Ryan Steele" in his adult videos. The two performed in a quartet called The Vinyl Four.

I don't think any of this is grounds for disqualification, but it might make things a bit more interesting on the show if Hernandez offered up some of his prior 'talents'.

See the video of Hernandez with his quartet The Vinyl Four, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Salacious and saucy gossip yes (and hot pics too) but when will people realize being a gay stripper is NOT a bad thing? Please vote for him to keep him in the competition! If he loses out because of this, it panders to the homophobic. Please VOTE DAVID HERNANDEZ -- at least once -- tonight!!!

    Posted by: Strepsi | Mar 4, 2008 9:11:55 AM

  2. my god, there must be a "Dick's" bar/club/cabaret in every city in every state. Hernandez is kinda hot at times, pretty much a dork tho

    Posted by: davey | Mar 4, 2008 10:03:47 AM

  3. leave britney alone!!

    Posted by: ken | Mar 4, 2008 10:11:46 AM

  4. I think it's heinous that QueerClick has posted pornographic pictures of David's friend "Chris."

    It is David who is whoring himself out on a reality show and thus opening himself up to his past coming back to haunt him. The same is not true of his friend.

    How much does it suck that your naughty past comes out just because your friend got famous??

    Posted by: Dan B | Mar 4, 2008 11:18:44 AM

  5. The thing that bothers me about all of this is the way this is reported as salaciousness and scandalous, not because Hernandez was a stripper but because he stripped in a bar with male customers and therefore might be, oh the horrors, GAY.

    Notice how the point of the story was that he stripped at a club with "mostly MALE" clientele. Would this have even been reported if the bar had an exclusively female clientele?

    Another example is the "scandalous" picture of him tending bar in a gay bar. What a scandal, what a HUGE story! The WHOLE issue in that story was that it was a GAY bar. How many of these guys and girls work in straight bars but nothing is ever mentioned about it.

    I look forward to the day when being gay, or being rumored to be gay, isn't seen as being scandalous or salacious.

    Posted by: Zeke | Mar 4, 2008 1:07:58 PM

  6. I feel bad for the other guys in the photo. With those wigs, they didn't think they'd end up internet celebrities.

    Posted by: fleshlight fan club | Mar 11, 2008 10:28:18 PM

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