Did the Producers of American Idol Accidentally Buy This Idiot Another Week on Televison?

By
American Idol
Episode Title
Group Two Performs
Season
8
Episode
14

Maybe! Obviously Nick Mitchell thinks of himself as the second coming of Sacha Baron Cohen or something. But as far as made-up alter egos go, his "Norman Gentle" "character" is pretty lazy — just an obnoxious, flat-singing idiot in shorts, a headband, and a shiny shirt that we'd assume hasn't been washed since before his first audition. Even so, Earth's three most easily impressed people, Randy, Kara, and Paula, seem perfectly willing to encourage his "art" ("Definitely one of the most entertaining performances ever," Randy raved last night).

The behind-the-scenes string-pullers likely let him into the Top 36 just so he could drop a hilarious train wreck on the big stage, then get voted off right away. But while his version of "And I Am Telling You" was pretty awful, it was, astonishingly, probably among the episode's top three performances, meaning he might actually survive tonight's elimination. Only Allison Iraheta's take on Heart's "Alone" was passable; former front-runner Adam Lambert's "Satisfaction" was terrifying, Megan Joy Corkrey's "Put Your Records On" was okay but boring, and everybody else was hopelessly pitchy and/or completely forgettable. Obviously producers should have had him compete last week, when he would've only been the fourth-best singer. Anyway, here he is, we hope for the last time:

Watch our new series!

Down Arrow

Vulture Remix

Artboard 5

Watch Suicide Squad Become The Dirty Dozen

View all videos

Latest News from Vulture

Gary Busey Rode a Horse Onto Jimmy Kimmel's Show to Announce that He's Going to Crush Dancing With The Stars

This might be the image that shows up when you look up majestic in the dictionary.

T-Pain Sure Stunned Tons of People With This Auto-Tune-less National Anthem Performance

Go, T-Pain. Go, Dodgers. Go, America.

Report: The Concussion Filmmakers Tried Not to Piss Off the NFL

According to emails unearthed in last year's Sony hacks, those affiliated with the movie didn't want to kick the hornet's nest.

Amazon Prime Becomes Commuting Hero, Launches Offline Viewing for iOS, Android Devices

Prime subscribers can now pop TV shows and movies onto their phones and tablets gratis.

Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard Made a Sick Punk Album With Her Thunderbitch Side Project

You need this in your life.

Game of Thrones Has Reportedly Found Its Euron Greyjoy

The Danish Joshua Jackson!

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Will Be the Difference Between Bru and Bro, Bru

Tomato, tomahto.

Donald Trump and Joe Biden Are Taking Sides in the Upcoming Late-Night War

The Donald will appear on The Tonight Show the same week "Diamond" Joe joins Stephen Colbert.

9 Best New Songs of the Week

There's more to the new Miley album than "Dooo It."

Kermit and Denise From Marketing Have Actually Been Canoodling for Months

Here are the pictures.

Close icon
Make Our Day
Follow Vulture on Facebook