American Idol

Season 1 Episode 7

The Bad, The Even Worse and The Ugly

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jul 02, 2002 on FOX
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The Bad, The Even Worse and The Ugly

The final group of 10 of the Top 30 perform for America's vote.

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    Mark Scott (II)

    Mark Scott (II)

    Himself (Season 1)

    Guest Star

    Chris Badano

    Chris Badano

    Himself (Season 1)

    Guest Star

    Melanie Sanders

    Melanie Sanders

    Herself (Season 1)

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • R.J. Helton (20) Cumming, GA
        Kristin Holt (20) Plano, TX
        Mark Scott (18) Portage, IN
        Nikki McKibbin (23) Grand Prairie, TX
        Chris Badono (18) Parsippany, NJ
        Melanie Sanders (21) Atlanta, GA
        Ejay Day (20) Lawrenceville, GA
        Tanesha Ross (24) Auburn, WA
        Khaleef Chiles (20) Plainfield, NJ
        Christina Cristian (21) Brooklyn, NY

    • QUOTES (12)

      • (Judges' comments to Christina Cristian)
        Randy: ... an interesting arrangement.. I thought it was good.
        Paula: You have such a presence... the camera loves you. You've got a voice that matches... congratulations!
        Simon: Well, we've had some bland performers tonight and all I can say is thank God for you because I thought you were fantastic... you are a star. I loved it!

      • (Judges' comments to Khaleef Chiles)
        Randy: You were nervous up there, you looked petrified dude. I thought it was just okay.
        Paula: I disagree. I think you did a real good job up there...
        Simon: It wasn't your best performance... and when I hear all this rubbish- oh, this is my new family. Give me a break! What I like about you is you are someone who cares about you... good luck. I hope you win the competition.

      • (Judges' comments to Tanesha Ross)
        Randy: To me, you just never found the note... today was not good.
        Paula: Your voice was very pure and beautiful. I thought you put a little too much in there...
        Simon: You didn't shine like a star and I say, so what. There are just better people.

      • (Judges' comments to Ejay Day)
        Randy: I didn't even know you had that kind of vocal range... you blew us all away... you were incredible!
        Paula: You've blown everyone away. Way to go!
        Simon: No one has sung better than that today-no one... Brilliant!

      • (Judges' comments to Melanie Sanders)
        Randy: You were really good tonight. That's a tough song to sing...
        Paula: You did yourself and everyone else up here proud...
        Simon: You're a beautiful looking girl and sung it well. I can't help but think cabaret when you perform.

      • (Judges' comments to Chris Badono)
        Randy: Chris, Chris, man... I didn't like it man... I thought it was really bad.
        Paula: Tough round today... I thought your singing voice was average...
        Simon: What I liked about you was your energy and you sort of sold out there.

      • (Judges' comments to Nikki McKibbin)
        Randy: You did your thing man. I was actually really impressed...
        Paula: I love your voice, however, I felt during the song you were screaming a little bit.
        Simon: ...I think you did shout the song a bit but you are one of the strongest contestants in this competition...I hope you do really well... because you deserve to...

      • (Judges' comments to Mark Scott)
        Randy: Wasn't good enough tonight dude...
        Paula: ...I love your voice. I'm a big fan of yours but I didn't care for the song choice and performance.
        Simon: ...I didn't think it was good enough and a little message to the two hosts, Brian and Ryan, who think everyone is great- what do you know about judging a talent competition? Nothing.

      • (Judges' comments to Kristin Holt)
        Randy: ...we are trying to find the best in America and I didn't think you were anywhere close to that tonight.
        Paula: were a little disengaged. You still did a nice job; it just wasn't as well as I was hoping it would be.
        Simon: If I were judging a beauty competition- you'd win. But we're judging a singing competition and it wasn't good enough.

      • (Judges' comments to R.J. Helton)

        Randy: ...You did very well man. I've always loved the sound and tone of your voice.
        Paula: You gave a solid performance... good job.
        Simon: I cannot disagree with you more Paula... I thought it was average...

      • Simon: Nice blouse. See through is very you. Does it come with matching panties?
        Ryan: Simon, if you stop checking me out, we could move on with the show.

      • (After the judges comment on R.J's performance, this heated discussion takes place)
        Simon: ... In the last two episodes, two losers
        Randy: Ahh, come on Simon, Simon, Simon.
        Simon: Let me finish. Two losers have been voted through for one reason and one reason only, it is the sympathy vote and that has nothing to do with talent... and I'm fed up with it ...
        Paula: Well, I disagree with that.
        Simon: You can disagree all you like.
        Randy: You know what I disagree with Simon? I have been sitting here week after week; you keep insulting these people. You can't call people losers...
        Paula: Damn right.
        Simon: I can call them whatever I like.
        (the arguing continues back and forth while R.J. is still standing on stage)
        Randy: ...This is crazy. This is America. We don't do this to people.
        Simon: has nothing to do with where you are from. In my opinion... they are losers and they do not deserve to be in this competition.
        Randy: You don't have to call them losers...
        Paula: ...He's just having a tough day. He hasn't been held much when he was a child and he needs it now.
        Randy: ...if he keeps insulting people he's going to have a tougher day.
        Simon: Go take a happy pill and we'll discuss this later.
        Randy (standing up and putting his hands in the air): You want to do something about it? Come on, come on, come on!...
        Simon: ...We'll talk about this later...
        Randy: dude you're in America now, you can't do that!...
        Simon: I can do whatever I want.
        Paula: You really can't. Not when it's with these kids.
        (Randy finally sits back down, thanks R.J. and the hosts take over)

    • NOTES (2)

      • Each contestant got to sing any song of their choice. The songs sung tonight were:
        R.J. Helton-"I'll Be There" by The Jackson 5 
        Kristin Holt-"Fallin'" by Alicia Keys
        Mark Scott-"My Girl" by The Temptations 
        Nikki McKibbin-"Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler 
        Chris Badono-"I Swear" by All 4 One 
        Melanie Sanders-"And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" by Jennifer Holliday 
        Ejay Day-"I'll Be" by Edwin McCain 
        Tanesha Ross-"Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" by Aretha Franklin
        Khaleef Chiles-"My Cherie Amour" by Stevie Wonder 
        Christina Cristian-"At Last" by Etta James

      • Ejay Day was called in as an alternate when semi-finalist, Delano Cagnolatti, was disqualified because of his age. He had originally told executives that he is 23 years old; when in fact he is 29. Contestants have to be between the ages of 16-24 to audition.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Simon: I can't help but think cabaret when you perform.

        Cabaret is a form of entertainment that emphasizes skits, songs, magic, comedy, and dance and is often performed in a restaurant or bar where the audience is seated around tables.

      • Title: The Bad, The Even Worse and The Ugly

        The title is a reference to the 1967 movie The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly starring Clint Eastwood.