American Idol has had its fair share of cringeworthy auditions, but Steven Thoen’s might take the cake. In 2007, Steven auditioned for the show with a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The judges couldn’t contain their laughter as Steven performed the song, and Simon Cowell certainly didn’t hold back in providing honest feedback to the aspiring singer. Check out his audition in the video below.
Singer Makes ‘American Idol’ Judges Laugh With ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Steven, who also goes by “Red,” admitted that he’d only seen a few episodes of American Idol before auditioning. He told Ryan Seacrest he expected to win the show because he could hit the high notes, and thought it was rare to see redheads on television.
When asked why he was trying out, Steven told the judges, “I like competition. And I figured, what the heck, take a chance.” The 27-year-old said he’s as good as Freddie Mercury, and went on to sing “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
As soon as Steven started singing, the judges began cracking up over how bad his voice sounded. They continued to laugh as Steven kept on singing. When he was done, he told the judges that he could also sing country music, to which Paula Abdul sarcastically replied, “That’s probably your best genre.”
What Did The Judges Think Of Steven’s Audition?
“I’ve heard some weird auditions in my life,” Simon told Steven when he was done singing. “But that was possibly the weirdest I’ve ever heard in my life. I mean, it was like a one-year-old singing that song.”
Steven argued that he was “out of practice,” saying he could win the competition with some coaching. He suggested that Simon should be the one to help him, to which the judge responded, “It would be like coaching a one-legged man to win the hundred-meter sprint. I may be a great coach, but if you haven’t got it, you haven’t got it.”
“Don’t sing about it, be about it,” Steven declared, to the judges’ confusion. “Don’t sing it, just bring it.” Unfortunately, he didn’t bring it, meaning he wasn’t able to move on to the next round of the competition.