Disqualified Brittenum twins return for 'American Idol 7' auditions
By Christopher Rocchio, 08/17/2007
The Brittenum brothers are back.
Terrell and Derrell Brittenum -- Memphis twins who made it through to American Idol's fifth-season Hollywood Round but were subsequently disqualified by producers after identity theft charges surfaced -- made it through the first round of Atlanta auditions for Idol 7 earlier this week, The Atlanta Journal-Constituionreported Tuesday.
"[The identity theft crime] was a dumb decision," Terrell told The Journal-Constituion. "We've had some tough times. We hope Atlanta still believes in us and will support us."
Derrell and Terrell attended Idol 5's Chicago audition in September 2005 and both immediately impressed the judges with their smooth, soulful voices, earning them a ticket to the season's Hollywood Round.
However shortly after Fox aired their Idol 5 audition in January 2006, it was revealed the then 28-year-old twins were being charged with forgery, theft by deception and financial identity fraud for allegedly buying a 2005 Dodge Magnum using another man's identity.
While they were released from police custody shortly thereafter, their invite to Idol 5's Hollywood Round was rescinded by the show's producers, ending their Idol journey before it ever really began. They reportedly did have a tentative deal with rapper Jermaine Dupri's SoSo Def Records soon after the controversy, but they told The Journal-Constitution it "didn't work out" due to an "avaricious lawyer."
According to The Journal-Constitution, the twins both "breezed" through Idol 7's first round of auditions, with Terrell singing Freddy Jackson's "You Are My Lady" and Derrell performing Luther Vandross' "Until You Come Back to Me."
They will now be subject to a few more rounds of screening by Idol producers before they are able to perform for Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul and see if they can once again claim a ticket to Tinseltown.
"We are truly blessed to be back," Derrell told The Journal-Constituion.