Charlie Askew Butchers American Idol Performance, Breaks Down on Stage

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Poor Charlie Askew.

The American Idol hopeful auditioned live for the first time tonight, choosing the track "Mama" by Genesis. Which is about a prostitute.

But things got even weirder from there: Askew donned a ponytail. And a grungy shirt. And screeched throughout the performance, drawing outright laughter from the judges.

"What happened?" Nicki Minaj asked. "I don’t want to see your arms. I don’t want you working out. I don’t want to see that ponytail. I don't want to see that earring. Lose the mustache immediately. I feel like someone stole my kid. I want my cute, cuddly Charlie back!"

After hearing harsh critiques from the panel, Askew broke down alongside Ryan Seacrest.

“All I can say is, I needed to vent a little bit," Charlie said when asked about the audition. "A lot of people think I’m a very happy boy, and the only reason I smile so much is because I feel like I have to."

Wow. Sad, profound stuff.

Seacrest handled the situation like a pro, telling Askew: “You’ve got some friends here. We appreciate your courage and your honesty, and there’s nothing easy about having those feelings inside and standing up here and having to do that tonight.”

And now the vote is in your hands, America: Will Askew advance to the Top 10? Or will this be the end of the road for a seemingly troubled young man? We'll find out tomorrow night.

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I just watched this performance, and was blown away. His performance was amazing and real. American Idol is fake.

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Look, the title of this article is nonsense. In no way did Charlie "butcher" his performance. If anything, it was one of the most awesome, artistic, and immense performances on Idol. It is clear from reading the comments here and the way the judges reacted that this show is about pop, and absolutely not rock and roll. If these soul, rap, country, and R&B people had any sort of knowledge of rock and roll, oh hell music in general, they would have stood up and applauded.

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Loved Charlies' performance. I was really bored with the other performers. I think Mariah Carey is a class act. No need to comment on the other three judges. Charlie is so young and has a lot of talent. He marches to his own drum. With love and support he will find his way. <3

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Randy and Nicki, you two are bad excuses for judges. You two made Charlie upset. And after what he said because he was humiliated by you, I wanted to kick you two's no good, worthless asses. Nicki, you had no right to tell Charlie what you don't want to see him doing. He's not a baby, he's a grown teenager. You can't tell him what he should do. And Randy, I know you think you are "a good judge" but you're not, because you're calling his performance 'horrible', when it obviously was one of the most amazing performances of the night. I'm disappointed in both of you, even though I should have expected that crap in the first place.

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@ Sheys Dixon

Shey's, I agree with you..Niki and Randy got it wrong...That's so they could get in fat boy(wierd expression boy) from St. Louis and Urkel from the deep south.

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@ Sheys Dixon

He was fantastic (singing wise), anyone who knows real music can see that. But of course when you have terrible judges who only rate shitty mainstream pop music, this is what happens.

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@ Sheys Dixon

You MUST be kidding! I feel sorry for him, but holy crap he SUCKS! I am not sure what anyone could find enjoyable about his performance. And the judges did nothing wrong...they critiqued him honestly. And I think they were spot on!

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@ Sheys Dixon

Seriously, ARE YOU DELUTIONAL???? This kid SUCKS big time. America got it right, & so did the judges, this kid CANNOT SING, & the judges were just being honest, Besides he acted like a 12 year old. He's not acting like a grown teen by no means. WOW get a reality check...

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He has personal issues within himself that have cost him a place as a top 10 finalist. His outward appearance& his stage presentation show that he has serious problems that he could not mask for the public. The public is only interested in the actual performances definitely not the problems of the one on stage.

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He has a pure talent. I cant believe hè is out of Idol. Hè was the only interesting person with genuine heart and a unique music talent. I am not gonna watch The rest of Idol program because the only reason i watched it was to see charlie perform. I wish you all the best charlie<3

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@ Mimi

It makes you wonder..because on Lyndsey Parker's page sooo many said they were gonna vote for him. I think truth fully he was only mediocre singer..but so is the guy from TN.. And maybe Urkel and maybe fatboy from St. Louis.

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Charlie was not good enough, simple as that.

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I loved his performance! There was no break down. He was courageous and authentic about his feelings. He said "I'm a little angry". Love him and his sound! Bowie or Robert Plant like.

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Charlie's voice is extremely good. Niki gets on my last nerve. She's just so intimidated by mariah carey she has to take it out on the talent in the show. Sad to see Charlie leave.

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I think Charlie has a lot of talent! The judges didn't like his song choice, perhaps they should have coaches (like on The Voice) to guide them towards a better choice or performance. Nikki went way too far...she did emasculate him on live tv! Granted, appearance is important, but the judging was on siniging first and foremost. She insulted his style of dress, hair and even told him that she didn't want to see his arms and to shave off his mustache in front of millions of people. Then Randy laughed....shame on you Nikki!!! Can you imagine being in front of a group of people and someone did that to you....non stop....you would be humiliated, at least. Some would be irrate and would have said or done something that would have disqualified him. I think he held it together rather well myself....it wasn't a melt down. I hope he goes home, hones his skill and comes back next season and KICKS BUTT!!! That young man has major talent there!!!

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