Former ‘American Idol’ Contestant Antonella Barba Sentenced to Almost 4 Years Behind Bars

One the most controversial contestants in American Idol history is in the news again for her legal trouble. Antonella Barba has been sentenced to jail for a drug-related charge.

Antonella Barba
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Who is Antonella Barba and why was she a controversial contestant?

Barba is most known for her stint on the sixth season of American Idol. Her most notable song she performed was “Put Your Records On.” She also performed “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.”

She is one of the first contestants on the show to be embroiled in a scandal, as she faced scrutiny from fans and the media when semi-nude pictures of her leaked.

This was a controversial decision because Frenchie Davis, a contestant on the second season of the show, was disqualified when she had semi-nude pictures surfaced. Several people accused the show of racism because Barba was allowed to stay in the competition and Davis was not.

Antonella Barba after ‘American Idol’

Due to the media attention she received on the show, Barba became very popular and even got an offer to have her own VH1 reality show. She turned the offer down and later regretted it. She also began working with several producers on new music such as Dr. Dre. She later went on to finish college and began recruiting voters for the Republican Party, as well as working at an architecture firm.

She later continued to release new music, joined a rock band, and at one point, even said she was producing music for R. Kelly.

Barba has had a couple of television appearances after American Idol. She appeared on Fear Factor, the film All About the Money, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Antonella Barba’s current and prior legal trouble

This isn’t the first time Barba has been arrested or has had legal issues. She has had a flurry of arrests over the past several years. In 2010, she was charged with shoplifting from an Urban Outfitters store. Years later in 2018, she was arrested on a felony charge for distributing heroin.

In February 2019, documents revealed that Barba was arrested on a “conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl with the intent to distribute and 10 counts of distribution or possession of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl with the intent to distribute.”

After being arrested for “possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute 400 grams or more” Barba has now been sentenced to 45 months in prison.

American Idol will return on its new home for the past few years, ABC, in 2020.