There’s good news and bad news for “American Idol” twins Derrell and Terrell Brittenum. The good news is they’re both out on bond after being jailed for allegedly using false identification to buy a car last summer.
The bad news is that the flap over the theft charges has resulted in them being booted from “American Idol,” they told an Atlanta radio station on Monday.
“They were in here Monday singing and everything,” said Frank Ski, co-host of WVEE-FM’s “Frank & Wanda in the Morning” show. “They got out of jail on Sunday and came here Monday to be on the air with us.”
Ski said he tried to jump right in and ask the 28-year-olds about the warrants from Rockdale County, Georgia, on charges of forgery, theft by deception and financial identity fraud, but their lawyer said they weren’t allowed to comment. The charges stem from the purchase of a 2005 Dodge Magnum in June, which they allegedly made using another man’s identity (see “Fugitive ‘American Idol’ Twin Surrenders To Police” ).
A FOX spokesperson had no comment on the matter and would not say whether the brothers would appear on future episodes.
Ski said the pair apologized to the show’s audience and said they were sorry for the mistakes they’d made. “They were saying that in order to be a real ‘American Idol’ you have to go through trials and tribulations and you have to be someone who didn’t have it easy. In the hip-hop world, a bit of controversy doesn’t hurt.”
The brothers’ attorney, Maurice Bennett, said they were released from an Atlanta-area jail on $30,000 bond each at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday and that a few hours later, just before they were slated to fly to Los Angeles for eliminations in the 35-contestant round, they were “uninvited” from the show. “It was a very amicable breakup,” Bennett said. “The guys understood why. It’s amazing how these things work.”
The drama has not only won the twins notoriety, it’s brought attention to their vocal skills. Ski said he was so blown away by the pair’s smooth voices that when he found out they were going to be on his show he called Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def label to give it a heads-up.
“I knew someone would jump on them, and before I could even finish telling So So Def they were coming, the person I spoke to offered them a production deal,” Ski said. A So So Def confirmed the deal but couldn’t give further details, and the Brittenums’ lawyer said it’s not clear yet what the proposal means, exactly, but he added that he’s been fielding calls from several labels interested in signing the duo.
As for the charges, Bennett said he’s meeting with the district attorney later this week to discuss them.Get your “Idol” fix on MTV News’ “American Idol” page, where you’ll find all the latest news, interviews and opinions.