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If Paula Abdul were her own fashion judge, she’d tear up at how beautiful and moving she looked. Perhaps she’d even slap Simon Cowell for suggesting otherwise.

Unfortunately for anyone that had to see the female American Idol judge last night, the dress she chose to wear would never have made it to the finals of any competition.

Take a look for yourself:

Ellen Pompeo attends the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards
(Getty Images)

Before you recoil in horror, however, remember: some people actually looked good at the Emmys. Go take a look at those traffic-stoppers now.