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Antonella Barba’s ‘Idol’ best friend says most explicit photos aren’t her

According to Coluccio — who told The Star-Ledger that she’s been talking daily with the sequestered Barba — Barba believes that someone from Catholic University, the Washington, DC university she’d been attending prior to her Idol participation, broke into her personal computer and posted the pictures.

Antonella Barba’s ‘Idol’ best friend says most explicit photos aren’t her“She’s been crying. She’s horrified,” Coluccio told The Star-Ledger. “She’s most upset about what her parents think.”

According to Coluccio, American Idol’s producers told Barba that they are reviewing the more recent and most explicit photos, but Barba doesn’t believe that she’s in danger of being disqualified from Fox’s smash-hit reality competition

On Friday, Fox publicist Alex Gillespie told The Associated Press that the network would have no comment on the photos or whether they might affect Barba’s continued participation in American Idol’s sixth season competition. Gillespie also confirmed that, per the show’s standard policies, the network would not be making Barba or any of American Idol’s other 20 remaining sixth season semifinalists available to the media prior to their elimination from the competition.

That same day, American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe was only slightly more forthcoming, telling Entertainment Weekly that he had only learned of the photos when the magazine contacted him to ask about them. “We have really good background checks on everybody, and we deal with that every season,” Lythgoe told EW in a report published on the magazine’s website on Friday afternoon. “It’s sad, isn’t it, that your best friends are the ones that come forward with information that will go to [The] Smoking Gun or put your photographs on the web?”

Despite not making Idol’s sixth season semifinals, Coluccio says that she’s also been receiving some undesired attention — “more than 3,000 MySpace messages a week,” many of which feature nasty messages. According to The Star-Ledger, Coluccio blames the messages on inaccurate American Idol editing that “made her look like a flirtatious, jealous, spoiled brat.”

“We both went to fulfill a dream but were made into characters,” Coluccio told the paper. “American Idol is the fakest show on TV. We’re so real and down-to-earth, and I wish people could see that.”



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