February 23, 2006 1:38 PM PST

Sexy shots of 'American Idol' singer stall MaximOnline

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The steamy, belly-baring photographs of "American Idol" contestant Becky O'Donohue, which have ignited a miniscandal, have also hobbled MaximOnline.com.

The Web home of men's magazine Maxim was overwhelmed at times Thursday after several news sources ballyhooed the existence of the photos, in which O'Donohue poses with twin sister Jessie, according to a marketing executive with the magazine's publisher.

The executive added that engineers were working to correct the problem. The site never crashed, but pages were slow to load. Sometimes a note would appear for would-be visitors, saying the site was overloaded.

Credit: MaximOnline
One of the infamous photos.

In the afternoon, MaximOnline changed the presentation of the photos, presumably to make downloading easier. Instead of posting all the photos on a single Web page, which is the company's favored method, MaximOnline moved each image to its own page.

As if they were exposing a closely guarded secret, several news reports presented the photos and a minute-long accompanying video of the sisters. But Becky and Jessie, 25, posed for Maxim almost two years ago, and none of the images include nudity.

Becky is a vocalist who's competing with 23 other semifinalists to be dubbed "American Idol"'s most talented performer of 2006. Throat surgery prevented Jessie, who like her sister is an aspiring singer and part-time model, from trying out for the show.

The hubbub has generated enough attention to send flocks of "Idol" fans, and likely lots of Becky-admiring males, to MaximOnline--more proof of the old Hollywood adage that there's no such thing as bad publicity.

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It's a sad example of what TV has come to....
... so you might as well expect all sorts or peripheral sleaze to be
found, or invented, or rumored, or whatever.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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a sad example of what TV has come to...American Idol? Just
wondering to what exactly are you referring?
Posted by ronjay (109 comments )
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I'm with you brother...
There's nothing good on television these days. Where's my Buck Rogers, Knight Rider, Airwolf, Dukes of Hazzard and Star Trek? GONE GONE GONE. It's all these reality TV shows now because they cost next to nothing to make. Hell even infomercials of yester-year were better than the tv shows that are on these days. If there's any consolation it's the fact that these shows are available on DVD.
Posted by Laserdisc (79 comments )
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She's Off
Simon has been saying all along that the girl looked good and could sing a little, but woudl not make it far. He was/is right. She got the boot tonight.
Posted by Wildcat0695 (22 comments )
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Simon was Right...
I watched the show, and Becky was attractive enough but wasn't very talented as a vocalist. The correct choice was made by the voters. I'm sure she'll do fine with a career in modeling.

Cheers, Simon!
Posted by Michael G. (185 comments )
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