'Barney' Child Star Resurfaces as Dominatrix on Idol!

Entertainment Jan. 28, 2010 AT 9:06AM

Bikini girl who?

There's a new envelope-pushing American Idol wannabe to talk about: Barney dominatrix!

On Wednesday's audition episode of Idol, Dallas contestant Erica Rhodes revealed her showbiz past: Barney! Now 23 and a college student in Texas, Rhodes sang and frolicked on TV with the purple dinosaur as a kid.

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But her cutesy past is well behind her: Rhodes stepped into the audition room wearing a skimpy black leather outfit, platform boots and bearing a whip.

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Her raunchy getup immediately inspired a lewd thought from Simon Cowell. "What's the big dream here?" Cowell asked, muttering around his breath, "I know what mine is," to the laughter of his fellow judges.

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"I want people to know that Barney kids grow up!" Rhodes replied.

"...to be dirty little girls," sharp-tongued guest judge Neil Patrick Harris quickly retorted.

To her credit, Rhodes' singing impressed the judges. Watch the clip above!

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