Goodbye Antonella, we will miss looking at you, but not a big surprise. I did read that Playboy is going to make her an offer to pose. We can only hope she takes it. My guess is we will be seeing a LOT more of Antonella and I do mean a lot more! American Idol executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, said that Antonella Barba won’t be disqualified for pictures of her that hit the internet. He said that the only way she’ll be kicked off is if the viewers decide this. Simon Cowell seconds that by saying, “If the public wants to keep her in, they’ll keep her in. These people haven’t done anything illegal; that’s their private life.”’ Will you still vote for her? I will! You know more pictures will surface they always do! Looks or Voice?
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Antonella Barba - American Idol Runner # 1 Video
Antonella Barba Born June 1 1986
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Barba was born in California to parents Vincenzo and Valerie, and raised in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. She went to high school at Red Bank Catholic High School in nearby Red Bank, New Jersey. Barba is currently in the class of 2008 at The Catholic University of America, and studying architecture. She has three younger siblings (one brother and two sisters).
Antonella Barba was first seen on television at the New York auditions of Idol in a January 2007 episode. She auditioned with her friend Amanda Collucio, after Collucio sang her rendition of Patsy Cline's "Crazy" Barba took center stage and belted out a smooth performance of Deniece Williams' "Free." Paula dubbed Antonella "fantastic" and Simon advised her "when someone is down on the floor kick them". Nevertheless, the judges praised her performance and liked it better than her friend's who had claimed she had vocal lessons, eventually both received golden ticket passes to Hollywood. Barba made it into the top 24 but her friend was cut before the top 40.
Barba received notoriety beyond the show when a series of raunchy photographs surfaced on the Internet prior to the final twelve contestants being chosen. She was quoted as saying that they "were photos of my personal life that got exploited without my consent." These pictures have received mainstream attention including a February 27, 2007 featured article in USA Today, a full segment on the February 26, 2007 edition of FOX News' The O'Reilly Factor, and also on multiple episodes of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, both of which showed images of the Vote for the Worst pages featuring the images. Photos of Barba posing in a wet t-shirt in the fountain of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. also surfaced. Barba's friend Amanda Coluccio has stated that the fellatio photos were fakes. Following Barba's being voted off of the show, she has allegedly received offers from a number of adult entertainment outfits, including Girls Gone Wild and Playboy. She claims to have never been contacted by Playboy but made it clear that she would not pose for the magazine. Barba said, "The pictures that actually are of me are very personal. That is not how I intended to portray myself nor do I intend to portray myself in the future. That was personal, private and not for the public." Barba is currently contemplating the future of her career and said she would be willing to consider modeling or acting jobs. "I want to strike while the iron's hot," Barba said.
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