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David Anthony Hernandez (born May 31st, 1983) was a contestant on Season 7 of American Idol.


Although David was not shown during the traditional audition round, his audition was shown before his first Hollywood Week performance. He auditioned in San Diego and sang "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by The Temptations. All three judges voted "yes", sending him to the next round.

Hollywood Round[]

David was shown during the first day of Hollywood Week singing "Love the One You're With" by Stephen Stills. All three judges voted "yes", giving him a free pass to the third day of Hollywood Week. David managed to make the judges' final fifty and during the final deliberation, it was revealed that he made it to the Top 24.

Top 24[]

David sang "In the Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 20[]

David sang "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" by The Undisputed Truth. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 16[]

David sang "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" by Pandora's Box. He received enough votes to become a Top 12 finalist.

Top 12[]

David sang "I Saw Her Standing There" by The Beatles. He received the lowest number of votes that week, eliminating him from the competition.


David received some controversy for revealing that he had worked as a male stripper in Phoenix, Arizona. Despite this, he was able to continue in the competition.


Season 7
David Cook · David Archuleta · Syesha Mercado  · Jason Castro · Brooke White · Carly Smithson · Kristy Lee Cook · Michael Johns · Ramiele Malubay · Chikezie · Amanda Overmyer · David Hernandez
Danny Noriega · Asia'h Epperson · Luke Menard · Kady Malloy · Robbie Carrico · Alaina Whitaker · Alexandréa Lushington · Jason Yeager · Colton Berry · Joanne Borgella · Amy Davis · Garrett Haley