American Idol served up a huge helping of Southern-fried crazy last night as the judges hit Atlanta. While searching for actual talent, we met Skii Bo Ski and Guitar Girl (no really, the girl was dressed as a guitar). Plus, Mary J. Blige’s super-fan turned out to be her super-security-threat. Then the heavens parted as the universe blessed us with the General, Larry “Pants on the Ground” Platt. Below are our favorite moments from American Idol Season 9’s Atlanta auditions — they are the GIF that keeps on giving.
Miss Congeniality, Keia Johnson, goes up the Idol elevator a hopeful…
… And comes down a golden ticket winner.
Kara and Mary J. Blige groove to Jermaine Sellers’ soulful rendition of “What if God Was One of Us”.
Simon grows a little tired of hearing the phrase “I’m here to sing for ya’ll.”
Christie Marie shows America how to do the signature hand gesture for Atlanta’s 411: The Show.
We couldn’t help ourselves.
Kara tries to feign tolerance. Mary doesn’t bother.
Try to attempt a Whitney Houston song, and this is what you get from Mary.
And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: PANTS ON THE GROUND!
“Get em up! Hey! With your pants on the ground!”
Randy can’t escape the power of Larry Platt’s flow.
This man is 62-years-old.
Randy and the General duet.
“General Larry Platt Out!” He might not be an American Idol, but he’s officially an American icon.
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