* Danny Gokey's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOAKLuAcOXA final note in his performance of "Dream On"]]. Even ''he'' admits it.
* ''Pants On The Ground''. You know something is up when Simon can't be heard over the other judges' laughter.
** Of course, ''Pants On The Ground'' also PROVES the producers are deliberately monkeying with the screening process to ensure plenty of this kind of thing for the program. ''Pants'' was a BLATANT invocation of this Trope; the guy was 62 and should have been turned away at the door, but they let him through to the actual taped auditions. The only way in hell that could happen is if they '''planned''' this from the start...
** Note that the guy was "General" Larry Platt, who is an activist and did a lot of work during the civil rights movement. [[http://www.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2010/01/general-larry-platt-a-closer-look/1 He even had a day dedicated to him in Georgia.]]
** Only topped by the remix with ''William Hung'' that was performed on the season finale. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aUjD7mTG-w Link.]]
** Before ''Pants on the Ground'', there was ''I Am Your Brother''.
* And then there's Nick Mitchell's (aka. Norman Gentle's) [[http://vodpod.com/watch/1390939-nick-mitchell-norman-gentle-and-i-am-telling-you-im-not-going-mp3-and-video-american-idol-8-top-36-american-idol-368-rickey-org performance]] of ''And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going'', essentially a deliberately campy, SoBadItsGood parody of the whole competition.
* Renaldo Lapuz's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3PMy_V-A_o original song]], "I Am Your Brother". Combined with his outfit... Then came the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns9pg4_2Xzw season finale]], when he performed with a marching band...
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=VrpTF5-mFuw This.]]
* Steven Tyler is a walking, talking CMOF. "What's with the jujubees on your ooh-ooh-bies?"
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHPHdM1LWYY&feature=channel_video_title And now there's a compilation.]]
* The [[CloudCuckooLander Heejun Han]] VS. [[TheDeterminator Richie "Cowboy" Law]] saga during season 11's Hollywood Week brought some of the best CringeComedy reality television has ever seen. The crowning moment has to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldYzK2BtBQg Heejun's "apology" to Richie.]]
-->'''Heejun:''' I'm really sorry... to... your parents...
* Pretty much any of the ridiculous Ford commercials are hilarious, but special mention goes to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIvyRJHWpro season 7's Top 4 Ford commercial]], where they're all dressed as matadors and singing "Ring of Fire", for no apparent reason.