American Idol was no stranger to bad singers back in the day, and they were usually quite unusual characters to go along with their off-key voices. Take, for example, Darwin “Misha” Reedy.
Misha auditioned for Season 6 of the show, and she seemed to spend more time chatting with the judges than actually singing. When her lookalike mom entered the room, things got even weirder.
Darwin Reedy Auditions For ‘American Idol’
Misha introduced herself as a student and writer. When Randy Jackson asked what she’s written, she said she wrote a novella about a singing competition, with a character inspired by Simon Cowell.
The 27-year-old said her mom has encouraged her to pursue singing. That’s when Randy suggested Misha’s mom should come into the room. The judges were shocked by the pair’s similar look — right down to the red lipstick and glasses.
“You just need to swap hair, you two, don’t you?” Simon Cowell marveled. Misha’s mom shared that she believes in her daughter’s talent, and added that she helped Misha write the novella she mentioned before.
At this point, you might be wondering if Misha ever actually sang during her audition. After a few minutes, she finally did. She performed “Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls, and it was definitely not up to American Idol standards.
What Did The Judges Think Of The Audition?
Simon Cowell stopped Misha’s audition and immediately told her “no.” She asked if she could sing “Sweet Home Alabama” instead, then didn’t wait for an answer before she started singing. Simon didn’t let it go on for much longer.
“As a mother, can you stand listening to that?” Paula Abdul asked Misha’s mom, who replied that Misha was just nervous. She said Misha should have sung “Sweet Home Alabama” instead.
To Misha’s credit, she took the rejection well and said a friendly goodbye to the judges. “We still love American Idol,” Misha’s mom told host Ryan Seacrest afterward. Considering how many contestants refuse to take no for an answer, we have to give them props.