Contestant Butchers Simon Cowell’s Favorite Song But That’s Not All, He Also… [VIDEO]

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

It takes a lot of guts to sing Simon Cowell’s favorite song in front of him, but unfortunately one American Idol contestant didn’t do it justice when he auditioned for Season 6 of the show.

Nicholas Zitzmann was 27 years old when he tried out for the show with a performance of “Unchained Melody.” Is his audition the most cringeworthy one in the history of the show? Check it out and decide for yourself.

Watch Nicholas Zitzmann sing Simon Cowell’s favorite song.

Nicholas Zitzmann Sings Simon Cowell’s Favorite Song

Nicholas called himself “a self-taught musician.” He said he chose to sing “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers because of its wide range of notes, insisting he could hit all of them. When judge Paula Abdul pointed out that it’s Simon’s favorite song, Nicholas replied, “That’s what I’ve been told.”

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He also told the judges he’s “a leader,” which would apparently make him a good American Idol. However, his audition was less than impressive. Nicholas definitely didn’t hit all the notes he said he would. Eventually, Simon Cowell stopped him from continuing.

“What the bloody hell was that?” Simon asked when he was finished. He called it “one of the worst I’ve ever heard,” adding that it was “almost nonhuman.” Randy Jackson agreed that it was “not pleasant,” and later called him “a strange guy.”

Nicholas Zitzmann responds to his “American Idol” audition.

How Did Nicholas Respond To His Rejection?

Nicholas took Simon Cowell’s criticism pretty well, compared to many other contestants. He told host Ryan Seacrest he’s not sure when he’ll sing again, saying “maybe next year.” He added that he’d “review the tape” to see how he should improve.

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However, Nicholas later uploaded a 10-minute response video accusing the show of editing his audition to make him look worse than he really was, saying he “met all my goals for the performance.”

Nicholas’ audition has gone down in history as one of the worst ever on American Idol. Even he admitted “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” in his response video, so we guess he got what he wanted.

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Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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