American Idol: The Worst of Seasons 1-4 (2005)

Genres - Music  |   Sub-Genres - Competitive Reality Show [TV], Vocal Music  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Even if a viewer doesn't like American Idol, it's hard not to get sucked in by each year's audition episodes because they mix in some fascinatingly awful contestants along with the more talented hopefuls. American Idol: The Worst Of Seasons 1-4 takes the viewer through all the highlights among these lowlights. As one might expect, the bum notes flow like wine -- the most amazing moment may be one young man's perversely awful rendition of "Like A Virgin" - and the contestants are always shocked when the judges greet their 'singing' with rejection. The results veer back and forth between hilarity and nastiness (Simon Cowell can be painfully blunt but Randy Jackson can match him for venom and even Paula Abdul sometimes gets in on the fun). However, the editors of this compilation balance these moments out with some amusing bits of revenge enacted by the contestants, like the young man who hurls a cup of water on Simon and another man who comes in and insults the judges and the contest so much that he isn't even allowed to audition. The one drawback of this video is the short running time means that many auditions are cut short or excised completely to get right to the post-song battle of words. That said, there is plenty of cringe-worthy entertainment here for those who can appreciate the ugly side of show business.