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The Idol Countdown: Five Essential Moments From Last Night's "American Idol"

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Last night's American Idol audition show in Omaha began with troubling news: Paula Abdul's plane tripped over her dog, so she missed the first batch of contestants. Once Paula did "land," however, we were rewarded with slurry commentary and a few near chair tip-overs. Simon Cowell continued to substitute "You're a nice guy" and "You've got a good personality" for "That was wretched" and "I hate you," and the show featured a "Stuck in the Middle With You" medley that was harder to watch than Reservoir Dogs' iconic ear-slicing scene. There were lyric-forgetting farmers, gift-bearing weirdos and a weepy girl trying to impress her strict dad, but for the five best moments from last night's episode, check out these quick clips:

5. Rachael Wicker arm-wrestles Ryan Seacrest and Abdul, but only Paula's strategy involves complimenting the singer's skin.

4. Onetime wrestler Lady Morgue may have a nutty laugh, but Paula's vote is weirder.

3. Damn, you, Tyra Banks - have you managed to insert yourself into this show, too?

2. David Cook says he's a student of Daughtry's radio-rock vocals, but fails to mention Sanjaya as a hair influence.

1. Paula upstages Johnny Escamilla, a vision in gold lamé, by hiccuping during his audition. Cowell responds like a ticked-off Alec Baldwin.

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