American Idol Contestant Cecil Ray Arrested, Ex-Girlfriend Accuses Abuse

AMERICAN IDOL – “410 (All Star Duets and Solos)” – Following last week’s Showstopper round, “American Idol” continues with the All Star Duet and Solo round, SUNDAY, APRIL 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Eric McCandless) CECIL RAY
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American Idol Top 24 contestant, Cecil Ray, or his full name, Cecil Ray Baker, was arrested on Friday April 17, according to Rockdale, TX police. This story has been swirling around online for a few days, beginning with Cecil’s ex-girlfriend and mother of his child posting a Tik Tok on Friday accusing the singer of cheating on her, and domestic abuse. 

Here’s a quick report from KMIL FM

A Cameron man who shot to fame on a hit talent show has been arrested.

According to Rockdale Police, 20-year-old Cecil Ray Baker, who performed under the stage name Cecil Ray on the hit television show American Idol, was arrested early this morning. Baker was charged with Burglary of a Habitation. The singer burst onto the scene after winning a golden ticket on the show and garnering praise from the all star panel of judges. He eventually was voted off after making the top 24 overall.

And his mugshot from the Milam County Sheriff’s office

Booking #: 2021-372
Age: 20
Gender: M
Race: W
Booking Date: 04-17-2021 – 3:27 pm
Release Date: 04-17-2021 – 4:30 pm
Bond: $15000.00

Cecil’s girlfriend accuses him of cheating on her and domestically abusing her. At one point in the TIk Tok clip, she flashes an injury on her forehead. She also filmed him calling her names, and she shows a text message convo with him about the cheating.

It’s not clear what happened here, exactly. The girlfriend also claims in the video comments that she filed a restraining order against Cecil. Also, the girlfriend claims the family would take a day to spring him, but according to the police report, he was released shortly after he was arrested. 

@atx.merPeople aren’t who they always seem to be on TV. Im tired of always being silenced. You even denied my daughter being yours ##cheater ##americanidol ##fyp? rihannas audio – MHMMMM

Cecil Ray was an inexperienced country singer who charmed the judges at his audition with his sincerity. His backstory revolved around his daughter. Because he grew up poor himself, he wanted to make a better life for her. Watch his audition HERE.

Cecil left the competition last week when the Top 24 became the Top 16 based on America’s Vote. The episode aired on Sunday April 11, but filmed a few days earlier, after which, Cecil headed back to Texas.

For his Top 24 performances, which aired on Sunday April 4, the country singer sang a solo of Tracy Lawrence’s “Paint Me a Birmingham” and a duet with Jimmie Allen. In their video package, Jimmie gave Cecil his phone number, urging him to call anytime for advice. I wonder if Jimmie will take Cecil’s call now. 

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