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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 03/ 7/2007

For All the Fantonellas

By Fritz Hahn

What is it about "American Idol" contestants from Washington, D.C., universities and risque conduct? A few years ago, Howard University student Frenchie Davis was unceremoniously removed from the hit show after producers learned that she posed for pictures on a pornographic Web site. And last month, soon after Catholic University junior Antonella Barba punched her ticket to Hollywood, photos surfaced on the Internet showing her frolicking at the World War II Memorial in a wet T-shirt and engaging in what Post TV writer Lisa de Moraes called "'Girls Gone Wild' Lite" behavior. (There were also some especially graphic photos, but we should note that those haven't been proven to be of Barba.)

Despite all the tut-tutting, though, D.C. is still claiming the Point Pleasant, N.J., native as its own. At Lounge 201, where Barba worked as a waitress, the staff is hosting viewing parties to show its support. (They've even dubbed themselves Fan-tonellas.) Tonight and tomorrow, as Barba faces stiff competition from the seven other remaining women, you can head down to 201 to cheer her on. Show up before the 8 p.m. broadcast to get a seat near one of the flatscreen TVs and order the new strawberry-and-passion-fruit Idoltini cocktail, or the Fantonella, which sounds like a mojito topped with fresh mango and berry puree. (A range of beers, from Bud and Bud Light to Stella Artois and Hoegaarden, are also available at special prices.) Let's hope the martinis go down smoother than Jared's rendition of Stevie Wonder.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | March 7, 2007; 12:10 PM ET
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And apparently Girls Gone Wild wants to hire Antonella

Posted by: Matt, NYC | March 7, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

the fact people are adopting someone not from DC is so wack.

Posted by: lame | March 8, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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