Steven Tyler Criticizes Heejun's Performance on 'American Idol': Did Heejun Go Too Far? (VIDEO)

There was an unusually tense moment on Wednesday night's episode of American Idol following Heejun Han's quirky - but slightly bizarre - take on the Billy Joel classic "My Life."

Heejun's antics, which involved switching up his song at the beginning, then ripping off his tuxedo shirt as he launched into "My Life," didn't sit well with judge Steven Tyler, who appeared uncomfortable and unhappy throughout the performance.

When it was his turn to speak, Steven had very harsh words for the 22-year-old from Queens, NY.

"I'm a little tongue-tied. Are you happy that you took the p*** out of that song?" Steven asked to a confused Heejun.

"The music business will kick your a**. At some point, you gotta try and take it more serious, just a little bit more. You've got a great voice," Steven added, before turning the mic over to fellow judge Randy Jackson.

Obviously, Heejun's performance was a risky move, but did he go too far, or was Steven just being cranky? Watch the video and commentary now, then cast your vote in our poll!

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  • jb

    Hejun sucks..i almost stopped watchin idol cause of him..give him a bird suit and send him off! See ya..we the public have spoken!

  • hg88888

    Hi ddro, For me, Hejun was not a good singer, he was not my favorite at all but in that night he was funny and tried to make it difference after realizing his bored performance previously. We have to admire the diversity of American people. This shows with the pool result. However, The things that I did not understand, why ST was angry to Hejun like that. I believe if Hejun were somebody else I did not think ST would be angry like that. Even though he might use the same sentences, but he might says differently. J Lo was right, she is very wise. I remember ST was criticized when he did not appropriately sung sung national anthem. Since this is dealing with Idol, the judge's background should be cleaned from any inappropriate drugs activities.

  • ddcro

    Hg88888, in what way was his comment racist? - just askin' 'cause i don't see it.

  • hg88888

    I don't get why Steven Tyler made such comment. It was not fair and racist too. Look at his comment in all American Idol shows, nothing and flat. We need new judge.

  • Rajan Ravikumar
    Rajan Ravikumar

    Tyler was ticked because Heejun has no clue about the significance of Billy Joel's contributions to modern music and his take on it. I am no Joel fan, but he has written some classics that are completely memorable. Heejun was funny in the beginning but has clearly shown he doesnt have the skin to make it past this week.