EXCLUSIVE: American Idol Hopeful Casey James' Jailbird Past

Feb. 5 2010, Published 9:35 a.m. ET

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American Idol hopeful Casey James wowed the women judges on Tuesday night when he auditioned in Denver Colorado, stripping off his shirt and letting loose his long locks.

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But the judges in the state of Texas weren’t so easily won over by the 27-year-old wannabe singer’s casual good looks, coming down hard on him and sentencing him to jail on two separate occasions. has learned exclusively that James has a criminal background and has served time in county jail following offenses of driving while intoxicated, driving with an invalid license and reckless driving.

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The first listed offense, for reckless driving, is from 11/03/01. James pled guilty, was fined $200 and given 30 days in jail as well as being placed on probation for 12 months.

Next up, on 12/29/02 James was busted for driving with an invalid license, to which he pled guilty, was fined $200 and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Finally, on the same date James was arrested for driving while intoxicated, to which he also pled guilty, was fined $300 and sentenced to 75 days in jail.

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James won a ticket to Hollywood by the skin of his teeth Tuesday, with Simon Cowell telling him bluntly, “That was a bad audition”, and Randy not feeling the vibe. But the ladies, who swooned at James’ model good looks and chiseled body, fought and won him a place in the next round. Time will tell if he ups his game and impresses the boys this time round, but in the meantime, let’s just hope James doesn’t drive himself to the auditions.



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