Well, that's one way to make a first impression!
Paula Abdul returned to reality TV last night with FOX's The X Factor, and her new stint as a judge on Simon Cowell's series sure started off with a bang.
Chronicling the Los Angeles and Seattle auditions, Wednesday's episode featured contestant Geo Godley, a 43-year-old Internet blogger who delivered a performance Abdul, 49, will not soon forget.
Clad in a silver foil-type shirt and pants, Godley — a classically trained pianist — offered up a "feel-good song" he wrote, titled "I'm a Stud."
"To win this competition I'm willing to do whatever it takes," Godley confirmed as he flitted around on stage and eventually dropped his pants and exposed himself to the judges and an arena of thousands. "Oh no, it looks like I'm in trouble!" he said after a mortified Abdul shrieked and stormed off set.
"What the bloody hell was that?!" Cowell, 51, asked the contestant. Added judge Antonio "L.A." Reid: "That was offensive, disgusting, distasteful, upsetting…get him out of the building please!"
But no judge was more affected by Godley's antics than Abdul, who promptly headed backstage and nearly vomitted.
"I just witnessed a nightmare on stage," Abdul said. "It literally made me sick!"
Godley clearly failed to see the error of his ways. "I was in key, everything was going well," he reasoned of the performance. "My pants were down and I was jumping around and all of a sudden the audience turned against me. I don't know what happened. I thought they'd like it!"
Revisit Godley's shocking performance in the clip above (via the Herald Sun) as The X Factor's two-night premiere continues Thursday at 8 p.m. (EST) on FOX.
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