American Idol contestant and lap dancer David Hernandez
By M&C Smallscreen Mar 4, 2008, 16:27 GMT
Hernandez on the righht- American Idol Season 7 Top 24 Semi-Finalist Party Hosted by Garnier Fructis - Arrivals - The Day After Club - Los Angeles, CA, USA © Inez Lewis / PR Photos
"American Idol" contestant David Hernandez was a male stripper club in a gay club in Phoenix, according to the AP.
Hernandez peeled his skivvies at Dick's Cabaret, appearing fully nude and performing lap dances for the club's "mostly male" clientele, club manager Gordy Bryan said Monday.
"He had the look and the type that people like, so he made pretty good money here," Bryan said.
Fox has not issued any comments regarding the news.
The AP states that according to Bryan, "Hernandez steadily worked at the club for three years until September 30, 2007."
"He never renewed his licensing with the state, so he hasn't been on my roster since then," Bryan said.
During all the segments that Idol producers prepared for the contestants, Hernandez' stripping past never surfaced.
Also, photos of a nearly naked Hernandez working as a bartender at gay nightclub Burn were posted last week on VoteForTheWorst.com, a site that encourages "Idol" viewers to vote for "the bad and truly entertaining contestants."
"It was like moths to a flame," said VoteForTheWorst.com founder Dave Della Terza. "As soon as I posted that, we started getting 10, 20 letters every single day from people saying, 'Yeah, he's a stripper in Phoenix.'"
Hernandez is scheduled to perform with the other male contestants on Tuesday's show.