American Idol Is ‘Loving You’

As Randy put it last night, Season 8 of American Idol is shaping up to be “very weird.”

Meet Naomi Sykes and her friend Jessica. A nervous Naomi, completely convinced of her talent, rolled into the audition in Jacksonville, Florida with the intention of blowing the judges (Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and new judge Kara DioGuardi) away.

That’s sort of what happened but not in the way she wanted.

Sykes brought along her best friend Amanda, who desperately wanted to meet Randy.

Randy invited her to perch on his lap during her friend’s tryout. Which caused pop music inspiration Paula to leap onto her arch-enemy Simon Cowell’s lap. And then Kara DioGuardi invited AI host Ryan Seacrest to bounce on hers.

It was a really weird audition. That got weirder.

Naomi proceeded to try to sing Minnie Ripperton’s “Loving You.” Badly. Very badly. Even her friend Samantha made a face.

The judges tried to help her with a sing-a-long near the end. But it was to no avail. And when Simon lowered the book on her, there were the usual tears.

Weirdness yes, but hey – the judges found love. With each other!