He was also involved in the CityKids Repertory Company in New York City, which enabled him to travel the country and perform in front of the President and at major charitable functions and shelters. In , he was reunited with his estranged father, Mario Rivera, who discovered that his son was on American Idol while channel surfing. After making it into the final round of twelve contestants on the hit reality show American Idol , Vazquez suddenly dropped out of the competition citing "personal family thing" a few days before the finals started. They were only wonderful to me, from the beginning through the middle, to the end," he told the show. Vazquez later said that he wanted more artistic control and creating his own sound.
"A.I." Contestant Accused of "Masturbating" in Suit
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The fourth season of American Idol premiered on January 18, and continued until May 25, It was hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Underwood has since gone on to become a seven-time Grammy -winning country megastar. It was also the first season of the series to be aired in high definition.
Former "American Idol" finalist Mario Vasquez is facing accusations that he tried to masturbate in front of a male employee in a bathroom on the set of the hit show in February In the lawsuit, Olmos claims "Vazquez stared lasciviously, smiled lasciviously The lawsuit alleges that Vazquez "started to rub his genitals over his pants.