- The Washington Times - Monday, May 23, 2005

The fourth season of “American Idol” hasn’t been without its share of scandals. Here are three that had us talking:

Paulatics: Poor Paula Abdul. First she pleads no-contest to a hit-and-run incident. Next she fights rumors that she’s addicted to painkillers. Then former “Idol” contestant Corey Clark goes on ABC’s “Primetime Live” claiming he had an affair with and was coached by the former Laker Girl judge. He has written a tell-all book, “They Told Me to Tell the Truth, So … The Sex, Lies and Paulatics of One of America’s Idols.” Miss Abdul calls Mr. Clark a “liar.”

Arrested development: Scott Savol didn’t win many points after word came out that he had been arrested for domestic violence after a fight with his infant son’s mother on Valentine’s Day. The husky Ohioan also made news as the “Idol” singer to vote for, according to Votefortheworst.org, a site dedicated to getting the worst singer in the contest to take home the prize.

Wrong number: Fox had to throw out votes after the performances of the top 11 when the wrong phone numbers were posted for some contestants. Of course, the extra one-hour redo and re-vote earned Fox another highly rated episode.

Lesley Kennedy


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