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Even the off-pitch viral sensation William Hung appeared to reprise his Internet hit “She Bangs.” Also returning was Season 1 co-host Brian Dunkleman, who made a brief appearance alongside Ryan Seacrest — the only constant presence on the show — and congratulated the show “for struggling along for another 14 seasons without me.” Judges got in on the act as well.Keith Urban and Underwood dueted, while Harry Connick Jr.that's like a bridge." After the crestfallen hopeful left the audition room, Cowell joked: "How did she get through the metal detector? She didnt go there for looks, she went there for vocals.

The 30-year-old is believed to have killed herself by taking a drugs overdose and reportedly had a history of mental illness.

Millions of viewers saw Cowell mock Goodspeed's teeth brace, telling her: "I don't think any artist on earth could sing with that much metal in your mouth...

Any mention of "American Idol" this past week has inevitably been followed by some discussion of Paula Abdul's alleged sexual relationship with one of the series' season-two castaways, aspiring R&B vocalist Corey Clark.

The cornrowed Californian sat down with ABC's "Primetime Time" to bare his soul before millions of couch-coddling Americans for a special edition titled "Fallen Idol" that aired Wednesday night (see "Corey Clark Advertises Paula Abdul Affair, LP On 'Primetime' ").

judges panel in season one, she had no idea what to expect, least of all that the show would be a ratings juggernaut (averaging 35 million viewers during its season-five height, according to Nielsen) and that the program, along with her snippy tablemate Simon Cowell and the jovial Randy Jackson, would become instant pop culture phenomena.