‘American Idol’: No Clay Aikens in Omaha, Sadly

Character from American Idol
Episode Title
Omaha Auditions
Season
7
Episode
5

Last night, the Idol judges auditioned 10,000 singers in Omaha, Nebraska. How did it go? See above. At least we met Chris Bernheisel, who could very well be our favorite contestant of the season so far. First he attempted to buy off the judges with gifts. Next, he tried to impress them with a version of Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone." When that didn't work, he begged them to let him host the preshow for American Idol's season finale. Simon said no but told him he could cover it for his local Fox affiliate. "I feel like I could explode and happiness is going to go everywhere!" he exclaimed. He'll go far.

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