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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When Charlie performs, I stop, sit, watch, and listen. I liked his look last night. He looked more like a rocker, less like an awkward kid. The ponytail looks good on him, and I'm glad he works out. I usually respect what Nicki has to say, but not last night, what she said about Charlie was inappropriate.

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None of the guys are any good this year. For sure that Angie girl will win. She's amazing.

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I love Charlie Askew. He is obviously very talented or he would not have made it to the top 20 out of hundreds of thousands of people. He reminds me of my grandson who also has a little "Charlie Askew Syndrome". Don't let anyone bring you down with their hurtful words, Charlie. It's people like you who help make make life beautiful & interesting. Please continue to be Charlie Askew in this World because that's more than enough.

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@ Nancy

Touching and right on point. I hope Charlie reads this.

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I didn't care for the song or his new appearance. BUT....I am upset with the way people are making such a big deal about his emotions on the stage and even saying he has 'mental' problems. How many contestants on Idol end up crying when they don't get selected? Almost all of them!! Same goes for those that get dumped on "So you think you can dance". Most of these young artists are emotional, and Charlie is no different. It was very unfair to dump on him like they did. When after the first judge's comment, he was starting to break, so why continuing beating a dead horse.

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@ guest#1

Contestants who get voted off of musical and dance competitions cry and get angry about losing; not agreeing with the judges decisions; etc. Charlie stated he was already angry; needed an outlet to vent; he smiles because he has too not because he wants to (?); and during auditions Charlie stated that he did not communicate well with people, so he spent his time communicating with birds...Now, you are entitled to your own opinion, but don't rag on the opinion of others. Although we have seen bits and pieces of Charlie's life on T.V., none of us really know Charlie.

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the best thing has yet to come..............TAYLOR SWIFT AS PROSTUTE.

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You guys are So American conservatives. I bet you wait for another country singer. That is why America idol is becoming such a crap show. This dude would be o the voice he would win it. He did not butcher the song... He was judges on the way he dressed... Because this show is not about singing, it is about satisfying the audience of 'good looking commercially sale-able singer'. Sad. And you wonder why only 2 winners ever made it to stardom aim e this show exists? Lol

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@ Seb

American idol started as a crap show. Now its turned into a crapping machine.

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It breaks my heart to see the judges really turn on him, for the most part over clothing choices. Seriously what was up with Minaj what teenage boy wants to be thought of as a cutesy baby?

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This article was insensitive and you should feel bad.

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Why is Minaj telling people she doesn't want them working out/getting fit? Idiot.

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Charley needs some help and should not be allowed to come back. He has some deep issues. Kind of Scary

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@ Pbreton

Totally agree.He butchered to song...should not have made it this far by any means. You can tell that he does have deep issues and probably has been an outcast all of his life. He has been flying high on american idol and his dreams came crushing down on him last night.

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@ Pbreton

I see a kid who probably hasn't been loved much by other people and probably isn't understood by people in his life. I just see an immature young kid who needs to learn to toughen up and grow up some and to never ever break down on live television. I'm not sure what brought his anger but I don't think it's "Scary". I felt for the guy and I wish him well.

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@ Steve in San Rafael

Competition is hard for all kids. It's hard when you really want something and are unable to get it and to kids it feels like the end of the world. He was just a little upset and by no means went into an emotional breakdown. He was just upset.