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American Idol fans were greeted with the usual sampling of poor auditions on last night's eighth season premiere.

But Katrina Darrell provided something most unusual: a bikini-clad rendition of "Vision of Love," replete with a quasi cat fight with new judge Kara DioGuardi.

Earlier today, DioGuardi defended her position - that Darrell's lack of singing ability made it ridiculous for Simon Cowell to approve her for Hollywood - but also praised the contestant for thinking outside the box by, well, almost showing her box.

"To her credit, she's gotten so much attention. It was probably a good call to wear the bikini at the end of the day," DioGuardi said. "But we wouldn't be talking about the bikini if she killed the song."

Speaking of swim wear, The Hollywood Gossip research team has uncovered evidence that proves Katrina Darrell has worn a bikini on camera before!

Check out this video shoot:

Now, scroll through the following Katrina Darrell pictures to see what all the American Idol fuss is about...

Bikini Girl

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Katrina Darrell didn't possess the best voice of all American Idol hopefuls on last night's season eight premiere.

But the bikini-clad model did leave the best impression... on Simon Cowell and numerous male viewers at least.

"I came dressed in my bathing suit to American idol because, first of all, I figured it would set me apart from the crowd, and secondly because I heard it was a crazy audition process and I figured, well, at least I'll have a tan," Darrell said, as Fox cut to a shot of the contestant lounging poolside.

Darrell also made no secret of her desire to make out with Ryan Seacrest, who replied that a game of tonsil hockey was likely against show rules, but "the thought of it is something I'm going to hang on to."

Bikini Girl

What do you think of Katrina Darrell's bikini-based audition?