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Report: 'American Idol 6' hopeful Thomas Daniels has a criminal past


By Christopher Rocchio, 01/19/2007 

While he'd much rather have his name mentioned in the same breath as former American Idol winners Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Hicks, it looks like Thomas Daniels is more likely to be compared to Terrell and Derrell Brittenum, Donnie Williams and Corey Clark.

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TMZ.com reported yesterday that it "unearthed legal documents" that revealed Daniels, a 21-year-old who auditioned on Wednesday night's Idol 6 in Seattle, WA, was arrested in 2004 and convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in Clackamas, OR.  Daniels pled guilty and was sentenced to a one-year alcohol diversion program and had to pay a $680 fine, according to TMZ.  The website also reported Daniels attended eight Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings and saw a counselor once a week for two months.   

"I was young and dumb and drinking and driving," Daniels told TMZ in reference to his DUI.  Following the completion of his sentence, the incident was wiped from his record.

But Daniels couldn't stay out of trouble for long, as TMZ also reported that Daniels was arrested again in December 2005 for hit and run.  He also failed to appear in court for the arraignment on the hit and run charges, leading to another arrest.  TMZ reported it could not find the disposition of the hit and run, but added Daniels referred to it as "another young and dumb situation."

The Corbett, OR resident was the first Idol hopeful on Wednesday night's broadcast to receive a golden ticket to the reality competition's Hollywood round.  During the broadcast, Daniels said he recently quit his job as a gas-station attendant, and also told judge Simon Cowell he slept on the street among a row of garbage cans to secure his chances at landing an audition for Idol's sixth season. When asked by TMZ if he disclosed his criminal past to Idol producers, Daniels had "no comment."


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