NEW YORK – An American Idol contestant who went out to celebrate advancing to the show's semifinals got into a street fight outside the bar, ended up charged in a fatal assault -- and was booted from the show.
"I guess they [the show's producers] did what they had to do," Jaered Andrews told The New York Post.
Andrews, 24, appeared on four episodes of the hit series and advanced to the semifinal round before getting dumped by producers without explanation Jan. 30.
Andrews was drinking with two friends at the Blue Ribbon Grille in Farrell, Pa., on Nov. 16 to celebrate his advancement in the show when they got into an argument with other patrons, owner Nick Sotus said.
Andrews told cops he punched Thomas Blakely in the face and he "fell back and down with his eyes closed."
While semiconscious on the pavement, Blakely was kicked repeatedly by Andrews' buddy Jerry Allen, Mercer County District Attorney James Epstein said.
Blakely died at a local hospital.