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Club confirms David Hernandez a male stripper before 'American Idol'

By Christopher Rocchio, 03/04/2008 

If David Hernandez looks comfortable performing on stage as an American Idol seventh-season semifinalist, it's because he's apparently an experienced entertainer.

The 24-year-old from Glendale, AZ was previously employed as a male stripper at Dick's Cabaret, where he appeared fully nude and performed lap dances for the establishment's "mostly male" patrons, the Phoenix club's manager Gordy Bryan told The Associated Press on Monday.

"He had the look and the type that people like, so he made pretty good money here," Bryan told The AP.

Hernandez worked "steadily worked" at Dick's Cabaret for three years until September 30, 2007, Bryan told The AP.  While he never sang at the club, Bryan told The AP he was aware Hernandez was a vocalist and now believes he stopped working at Dick's because of his upcoming participation in Idol.  Hernandez initially auditioned for American Idol at the show's San Diego audtions in July and was selected as a Top 50 Hollywood Week contestant in late November.

Fox spokeswoman Jill Hudson did not immediately return The AP's Monday telephone calls seeking comment and it remains unclear if Hernandez's work as a stripper would disqualify him from the competition. 

During Idol's 2007 season, semifinalist Antonella Barba was at the center of a provocative photo scandal, but Idol producers said they had no intentions of disqualifying her from the competition and she was subsequently eliminated by viewer votes on the cusp of becoming a sixth-season Idol finalist.

In 2003, second-season Idol semifinalist Frenchie Davis was disqualified over nude pictures she posed for at the age of 18, in which she simulated solitary sexual activity for a kiddie-porn website.  Despite a petition to reinstate her into the competition, Fox stood by its decision to disqualify Davis.

As of Tuesday morning, Hernandez was still scheduled to perform with his fellow Top 8 male semifinalists during tonight's Idol broadcast.

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