Antonella Barba basketball

Executive American Idol producer, Nigel Lythgoe, has said Antonella Barba will not be disqualified for those nude pictures floating around the net. The only people who have the power to vote her off is the American public and hopefully that won’t happen until every last picture of Antonella has been ferreted out.

Simon Cowell said yesterday at the Playboy Mansion, of all places, that the photos “[should] not affect her standing on the show, and if the public wants to keep her in, they’ll keep her in.” He added, “These people haven’t done anything illegal; that’s their private life.

Ryan Seacrest also commented saying it was “tacky and disgusting.” Later on he clarified, “Boobies are gross. Ewwww.” while tightly gripping his microphone like a security blanket.