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The ‘American Idol’ Judges Can’t Stop Laughing At This Singer’s Audition [VIDEO]

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

Sometimes, the American Idol judges simply can’t contain their laughter when certain people audition for the show. Take, for example, James Lewis, who tried out for Season 7.


James’ unusual voice made judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson burst into uncontrollable laughter. They later apologized for the reaction. Check it out in the video below.

James Lewis Auditions For ‘American Idol’

James worked as a tour guide in Philadelphia. He said his co-workers encouraged him to audition for American Idol, and compared his voice to Paul Robeson and Eddie Vedder.

“My specialty is anything that’s low,” James said. And he wasn’t lying. He performed “Go Down Moses,” showing off a very deep voice with an unusual tone. The interesting sound made Randy and Paula start laughing.


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They hid their faces as James continued to sing, and Simon Cowell also looked like he was holding back laughter. When he was done singing, James looked confused by the judges’ reaction.

James asked if they wanted him to sing something else, but Simon said no. After a moment of more laughter, James went ahead and started singing again anyway, and the judges broke into laughter again.


The Judges Apologize To James For Laughing

“This is not your thing, dawg,” Randy told James, who looked surprised to hear it. “Trust me, man. We wouldn’t lead you down the wrong alley. Idol‘s doing you a favor.”

Meanwhile, Paula Abdul chose to apologize to James for laughing at his performance. “Forgive us for laughing,” she said. Randy agreed, saying, “Please, please forgive us for laughing.”

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After his audition, James said he planned to return next year. “I’ll have more contemporary songs,” he said. “I won’t do any older Christian songs.” If he did return, it wasn’t shown on TV.

James’ audition was interesting in that Simon Cowell remained pretty quiet about his performance. We’re used to the judge always having something to say, but sometimes people leave him speechless. Check out Talent Recap’s video above for more cringeworthy auditions on American Idol and X Factor.

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About the Author

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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