May 24, 2006 09:54 PM by Joe Blackmon
While in general the comedy skits on American Idol 5 lacked in comparison to American Idol 4′s roast of Corey Clark, there was one shining moment that will likely go down as one of the funniest moments in American Idol history. In a re-occurring segment called the Golden Idol Awards, Ryan Seacrest presented candidates for “Best Impersonation.” The nominees were Kenneth Maccarone as Cher, Seth Strickland as Michael Jackson, and Michael Sandecki as Clay Aiken.
In a recap of his audition, Michael Sandecki was shown decked out like Clay Aiken. Simon Cowell told Michael, “Let’s just deal with the Clay Aiken thing, which is quite obvious who you’ve modeled yourself on, at least he could sing.” Michael protested, “I really can sing, it’s just I’m just nervous as hell, and I’ve got to pee.” Michael was excused to for a restroom break, but when he returned, he proved to be no better. Simon Cowell quipped, “Ok, it didn’t work, thank you very much.”
While Michael Sandecki might not have advanced in the audition process, Seacrest announced him as the Golden Idol Award winner in the “Best Impersonation” category. Michael joined Seacrest on stage, where Seacrest requested that he sing live. As Michael warbled through “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” the stage doors opened up to reveal Clay Aiken. Surprised by the sudden loud cheering, Michael turned to see Clay Aiken and appeared to nearly go into shock on the stage. As Clay Aiken joined Michael in song, Michael excitedly jumped around the stage. Seacrest eventually re-appeared and sat Michael down, while asking him if he was ok.