Mario Vazquez Quits American Idol
There’s a first time for everything: The New York Post reports that Mario Vazquez dropped out of the American Idol competition despite being voted as one of 12 finalists. He apparently didn’t want to be tied down to the American Idol record deal.
“American Idol” sensation Mario Vazquez Ã¢€” the Bronx crooner named one of 12 finalists Ã¢€” mysteriously bowed out of Fox’s smash-hit show yesterday, citing “personal reasons.” The sudden departure of the 28-year-old contender had fans scrambling to the Fox Web site, only to find his name and picture strangely deleted from the message boards. Vazquez told TV Guide he quit “to take care of some personal issues with my family in New York. And with ‘Idol’ being a live show, it just wouldn’t have worked out schedule-wise.” “I’m healthy, I’m fine. It’s just a personal family thing. My family is my top priority,” he told the magazine. But Vazquez’s mom, Ada, said she knew of no problem involving the family and had not idea why he left the show.
Smith, son of Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, was picked because he received more votes than Travis Tucker during last week’s competition.
Matt Drudge fronts a blurb “SOURCES: Did not want to be tied to exclusive IDOL contract…” but provides no hyperlink.
Update (3-17): Mario Vazquez Saga Update It seems Vasquez has hired Clay Aiken’s attorney to get him out of his Idol contract. And he’s already got an album out.