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Reality Check: Notes on 'Idol' Scandals

Say what you will about the "American Idol" scandals — that they're over-hyped, under-handled or simply too frequent — but you've got to admit that they do impact the voting public.While I'm not certain what kind of a connection there is between having a good voice and partaking in risqué behavior that can't seem to stay buried in anyone's closet, you can rest assured that each new season will bring with it another scandal or two.This year, we had David Hernandez — in particular the discovery that he had worked as a stripper at an Arizona club for three years. While nary a word of this was mentioned on the show (on Tuesday night, in fact, we listened to Hernandez talking about how he worked in a pizza bistro pre-"Idol"), audiences apparently didn't really subscribe to the if-you-don't-mention-it-we-can-pretend-it's-not-there philosophy, and the Arizona State University student was sent packing on Wednesday.Oh, I know this is a singing competition, not a popularity contest. And sure, yo...

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