Seattle's Only American Idol Hope Dismissed for Criminal Past

Even Simon loved Danelle Hayes.
Danelle Hayes had one of the most moving auditions for the ninth season of American Idol. The 24-year-old Seattleite - who traveled to Denver for the tryout - told the judges she hosted a live karaoke night and sang in a cover band back home, which prompted Simon to ask, "Do you hate it?" Hayes started crying.

She then delivered a kick ass rendition of Melissa Etheridge's "I'm the Only One" that impressed the judges so much they unanimously voted to send her to Hollywood.

"I don't know what's gone on in your life, but you're almost broken," Simon told her. "Well, you may have come in here just in time to rescue you from corporate hell."

Unfortunately, Hayes didn't get her chance to compete in the next round. She was dismissed from American Idol due to her criminal record, she revealed in an interview with Q13 Fox that aired last night. Hayes is currently on probation for a drinking and driving charge that dates back to 2007. She is not allowed to leave the state.

Bummer. Girl could sing, and she had more personality than a lot of the dimwits that make it to the finals. Not to mention it would've been nice to have somebody besides this guy repping Seattle.

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