Goodbye 'American Idol,' We'll Miss Your Terrible Auditions

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After 15 seasons, we've seen the last of 'American Idol.' That isn't necessarily a bad thing. YouTube

American Idol is over. On Thursday night, Trent Harmon became the long-running show's final champion, besting La'Porsha Renae in the series finale. Some of us will miss the mega-successful reality competition that left an indelible mark on popular music over the course of its 15 seasons. Most of us, however, will not.

But even for those of us who despised America's obsession with a show that prominently featured Ryan Seacrest, there was one element of Idol that even the haters could bask in: the terrible auditions. For all of the talented singers to give it their best in front of the judges, there were even more bad ones. Fortunately for lovers of unintentional humor, the bad of American Idol was really, really bad. Here's the show at its most mean-spirited and therefore, arguably, its best.

Mary singing "I Feel the Earth Move" by Carole King

From the contestant: "I have a very unique vocal style. It's like pop-rock meets Broadway meets jazz and R&B. It's a very unique combination of all the three."

From the judges: "Honestly?... One of the worst I've ever heard in my life." -Simon Cowell

Nick singing "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers

From the contestant: "I'm a self-taught musician, mostly."

From the judges: "One of the worst I've ever heard. It was almost non-human." -Simon Cowell

Keith singing "Like a Virgin" by Madonna

From the contestant: "I think I'm the next American Idol"

From the judges: "I think you're possibly the worst singer in the world." -Simon Cowell

Steven singing "BohEmian Rhapsody" by Queen

From the contestant: "I try to keep busy as much as possible. I don't watch that much TV."

From the judges: "I've heard some weird auditions in my life, but I've got to tell you that that is possibly the weirdest I've ever heard." -Simon Cowell

James singing "Go Down Moses"

From the contestant: "I think the judges will think my voice is unique. Something new, something different. It kind of sounds like Paul Robeson or Eddie Vedder."

From the judges: "C'mon man..." -Randy Jackson

Isadora singining "Lady Marmalade"

From the contestant: "I am a clairvoyant for a living. I read palms. I sound like Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin."

From the judges: "It was fantastically terrible." -Simon Cowell

William singing "She Bangs" by Ricky Martin

From the contestant: "My major is civil engineers, which is totally unrelated to music."

From the judges: "You can't sing, you can't dance, so what do you want me to say?" -Simon Cowell

American Idol is dead. Long live American Idol.

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