Mario Vazquez Takes Care of Business

Published: 2005-03-16
With all the speculation of why the Bronx-born singer quit American Idol, it's helpful to note Mario's accomplishments that he hasn't backed out from. He may have left the show, but he also sang backup on "Whatever Happens," a track from Jackson's 2001 "Invincible" album when he was just a kid, and has even helped urban youth gain knowledge through the arts while he attended La Guardia High School in New York as a member of the City Kids Repertory Group (an urban youth empowerment group).

Being the good sport that he is, Vazquez also recently took part in David Letterman's signature tongue in cheek "Top Ten" segment which Mario happily participated in with one-line answers to the news of him leaving American Idol.

Vazquez recited the following list on "Why He Quit":

No. 10: "Well, for starters, I was really, really drunk."
No. 9: "I've got my eye on the ultimate prize: 'Belgium Idol.' "
No. 8: "Yeah, my career's over, but I just saved a bundle on my car insurance."
No. 7: "After seeing Michael Jackson, maybe I don't want to be a pop star."
No. 6: "Ryan Seacrest [the host of 'American Idol'] is all hands."
No. 5: "I started liking when Ryan Seacrest was all hands."
No. 4: "Screw it -- I'm quitting this, too."

While Mario has decided to move on, why not check out Nikko Smith, son of famed baseball player Ozzie Smith and the latest re-addition to the American Idol top 12:

Writer: Soul Shine Staff



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Mario left and I am deeply saddened.
However, I am delighted Nikko returned.

Posted by: Fuzi Hanim on March 16, 2005
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