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(This blog entry has also been published in my “true crime” weblog

Scott Savol, one of the current American Idol finalists (as of April 1, 2005, that is), has a domestic violence rap sheet.

Hey, if The Smoking Gun says it – American Idol Finalist’s Violence Rap

A quote from the site:

MARCH 31–An American Idol finalist was once arrested for felony domestic violence after roughing up his infant son’s mother during a Valentine’s Day fracas, The Smoking Gun has learned. According to police, 28-year-old Scott Savol, one of the remaining nine “Idol” contestants, was busted following a February 2001 confrontation with Michele Martin at the woman’s Ohio home…” ~ You can also click the mugshot of Scott at the top of the page to see the Smoking Gun’s page.

From the police report posted by TSG:

“…The suspect (Savol ~ S.H.) shoved the victim and pulled the phone out of her hand and threw it at her, hitting her in the chest(…)According to the victim, the suspect made several verbal threats to her in the past by telling her to ‘watch her back.’ These have not been reported till now(…)She also stated that she did not wish to prosecute the suspect, she stated that she wants him to remove his belongings…”

My wife and I are pretty religious viewers of Idol, and we’ve both liked Scott Savol. He’s got a big, powerful, natural pop tenor and can sometimes really sell a song, though lately he sounds fatigued. I think we’ve liked it that he was also, in interviews, so lacking in made-for-TV glossiness – just a dude with a voice, not some fresh-faced pretty boy who seems just as ready-made for singing show-tunes in theme parks as that show. He’s the kind of guy you might expect to have selling you cell phones at Best Buy or bringing pizza to your door, and considering that he’s made it to American Idol, to say those things are compliments, from me – other contestants in the past and now seem too polished and telegenic already, simply not real enough.

Admittedly, with the caliber of some of the other singers – Carrie Underwood, Bo Bice, just to name a couple – it doesn’t look to me like Scott will win anyway, but it was still nice to see such a regular dude up there.

What’s the point in TSG pulling Scott Savol’s little rap sheet? I don’t know – maybe they are like me, they just post what folks are going to find topical and interesting. Maybe somebody at TSG just thought the dude had a shady vibe. For me, even though I gotta wonder about a guy who would warn the woman he supposedly loved at one time to “watch her back”, who would have a somewhat violent confrontation with her on Valentine’s Day, I still hope this doesn’t do what I think it will to the guy and blow any chance he might have had of winning the thing. We’re all human, and frankly, if Scott Savol has cleaned up his act since 2001, this revelation strikes me as unfair and kind of pointless. If he hasn’t, and there are more revelations to come, then he deserves to go down like the Hindenburg.

There is, unfortunately, a precedent. Remember Corey Clark [Google search]? He was an AI finalist a couple of years ago. Yeah – The Smoking Gun got his ass, too.

Here’s a quote from the Idol producers posted on the TSG page about Corey linked in the previous paragraph:

“…Due to events that have recently come to light, American Idol participant Corey Clark has been removed from the contest.

All participants are required to provide full and accurate information to assist in background checks, including disclosure of any prior arrests. Corey withheld information about a prior arrest which, had it been known, might have affected his participation in the show…”

Big Scott surely disclosed this little fracas he had with his baby mama, didn’t he?

I have a feeling he’s headed back to rule the karaoke bars of northern Ohio sooner than later, poor guy.

.:UPDATE:. Scott Savol was up-front about the charges with American Idol producers. From USA Today, an article published April 1, 2005:

“…’Scott Savol was forthcoming to the American Idol producers and the network regarding his misdemeanor.

After reviewing the facts, in which the charges were reduced to disorderly conduct, we (American Idol producers) felt that considering Scott’s honesty and his remorse, the situation did not warrant his disqualification.’…”

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  • Eric Olsen

    thanks Steve! see, honesty pays, at least this time

  • Gene

    Why isn’t anyone questions “American Idol” keeping Paula after her hit and run issue. “Ididn;t do it” until pictures were produced. Kind of like the pot calling the kettle balck.

  • Gene – I’m not sure what you mean with the “pot calling the kettle black” phrase – maybe you’re saying why make a news story out of Savol’s past problems when Paula Abdul has current ones.

    I tend to agree with you. The overall coverage of her hit & run – what an ironic crime for a former pop star who had a big hit that asked “am I caught in a hit and run” – has been awfully muted. Aside from that, Scott obviously owned up to this thing early on. Believe it or not, I was glad to read that.

  • Bannana Boi

    I don’t care if Scott is a crook, I like his voice! American Idol is a singing compettition!

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