"IDOL" Oh-9


Tonight marks the premiere of the eighth (can you believe it?) season of "American Idol", complete with hijinks, snarky comments, bad auditions, a new judge, and the potential of meeting the stars of tomorrow. The Subways here in NYC are covered in "Idol" garb for the occasion.

The part of "Idol", the initial bit, is always my favorite, not just because it's fun to point and laugh at the crazy people who try to sing, but also to speculate on who will make it to the Top 12, and on to potential fame.

But, let's be real, the audition phase is all about the bad contestants. Therefore, I present to you one of my favorite bad auditions, from back in Season 6, the same year that brought us Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis, Chris Richardson, Melinda Doolittle, and yes, Sanjaya Malakar. This is the funniest 5 minutes and 49 seconds in "Idol"s illustrious history. His name is Ian Bernardo.

The entire clip from beginning to end is comic gold and it makes you wonder if this dude is really for real. It also provided my friends and I with endless hours of giggles and the inside joke of "The dodo bird isn't extinct, it's in that room" and "This is chinchilla and I'm wearing it specifically to show the world how wealthy I can be" in a bad New York accent. Considering I now live in the big city, this is even more relevant. Sit back and enjoy!


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