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Thursday January 19, 2006 10:30 pm

American Idol Hopefuls Charged With Crime

Posted by Rhys Alexander Categories: FOX, American Idol, Talent, News,

Brittenums Arrested Can we get through at least one season of American Idol without finding a songbird fugitive? Twins Terrell and Derrell Brittenum wowed the judges—and won America’s heart—with their duet audition. The sweet, likeable pair seem like the last people you’d expect to be in jail, but then again, it is American Idol. We should be used to it by now.

They sang like angels for their audition on Tuesday’s ‘American Idol’ premiere, but a pair of Memphis twins may sound more like jailbirds by the time the show goes live from Hollywood.

Terrell Brittenum, 28, has been in jail since Jan. 10 on an outstanding warrant for charges related to the illegal purchase of a car in Rockdale County, Ga., east of Atlanta.

He and his brother, Derrell, are accused of using another man’s identity to buy a 2005 Dodge Magnum in June.

Derrell was expected to turn himself in on the same charges of forgery, theft by deception and financial identity fraud, The Commercial Appeal newspaper reported.

The brothers auditioned together in September for the hit TV show ‘American Idol’ and impressed the show’s prickly judges to continue to the next round. Segments of the show have already been recorded and will air during the next few weeks.

Fox Broadcasting Co. refused to discuss the Brittenums or their status on the show.

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