MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ One of the contestants on the new season of ``American Idol'' was in jail when his bizarre performance aired Tuesday night.

Leroy Wells' audition for the Fox television talent competition was taped last summer in New Orleans. He bounced onstage while talking about sandblasting paint for a living at a shipyard near his home near Mobile.

``American Idol'' judge Randy Jackson told Wells: ``Dog, you ain't right for this, man, but listen, we love you.''

A stunned Simon Cowell called the performance ``ridiculous.''

Wells, 22, of Grand Bay, was arrested Jan. 5 on charges of assault and firing a weapon. Jail records show he's also awaiting trial on drug charges and has pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in 2004 and disorderly conduct in June 2003.


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