Ex-'Idol' finalist is out of concert lineup
EmptyTAMPA, Fla. -- The organizer of a concert billed as a holiday tribute to U.S. troops said Sunday that former "American Idol" finalist Jessica Sierra was disinvited from performing after her recent arrest.
But even if Sierra wanted to sing at the event Friday in Washington, she couldn't.
The 22-year-old is being held without bail at the Hillsborough County jail in Tampa on charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest. She is to remain there at least until her next hearing, scheduled Dec. 20.
"While we appreciate Ms. Sierra's past efforts to support U.S. troops, including performing for them in Iraq on Independence Day, it is quite obvious that Ms. Sierra needs to devote a great deal of time to putting her life back together," Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Buzz Patterson said in a statement released Friday.
In a brief phone interview Sunday, Patterson said patrons of MoveAmericaForward.org, which is coordinating the concert, were concerned about Sierra's participation in the event.
Sierra's attorney, John Fitzgibbons, declined comment Sunday.
Sierra was taken into custody Dec. 1 after a fracas with Tampa police officers outside a nightclub.
The Tampa native was a finalist on "American Idol" in 2005. She entered a California rehab facility in July that was to be documented on VH1's reality show "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" next year.