American Idol got a fair share of Cringejable auditions, but could take Steven Thoen’s cake. In 2007, Steven auditioned for the show with a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
The judges couldn’t hold back their smiles as Steven performed the song, and Simon Cowell certainly didn’t shy away from giving an honest response to the aspiring singer. Watch her audition in the video below.
Check out Steven Thoen’s audition for “American Idol.”
Singer smiles at the ‘American Idol’ judge with ‘bohemian rapsody’
Steven, who goes through “Red”, admits that he only watched a few episodes of American Idol before auditioning. He told Ryan Sacrest that he hoped to win the show because he could hit high notes, and thought it was rare to find redheads on television.
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Asked why he was trying, Steven told the judges, “I like competition. And I realized, what the heck, take a chance. The 227-year-old said he was as good as Freddie Mercury, and went on to sing “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
As Steven began to sing, the judges began to crack down on how bad his voice sounded. They keep laughing as Steven sings. When his work was over, he told the judges that he could also sing country music, to which Paula Abdul sarcastically replied, “This is probably your best genre.”
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What do the judges think about Steven’s audition?
“I’ve heard some weird auditions in my life,” Simon told Steven while singing. “But it was probably the strangest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. I mean, it was like singing a year old song.
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Steven argued that he said “out of practice” that he could win the competition through some coaching. He suggested that Simon should help him, to which the judge responded, “It would be like training a man on one leg to win the 100-meter sprint. I can be a great coach but if you don’t get it you don’t get it. “
In the confusion of the judges, Steven declared, “Don’t sing about it, stay about it.” “Don’t sing it, just bring it.” Unfortunately, he didn’t bring up, meaning he wasn’t able to go to the next round of the competition.