Kris Allen wasn’t the only winner at Wednesday’s “American Idol” finale. The popular Fox singing competition again handed out silly Golden Idol Awards to this season’s more — ahem — colorful wannabes.
The evening’s first prize, for outstanding male, went to Nick Mitchell, the semifinalist best known for his over-the-top alter ego Norman Gentle.
“I wish I prepared something. I didn’t even know I was doing this!” he teased before ripping off his street clothes, revealing his glittery get-up underneath and launching into “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from “Dreamgirls.”
Appropriately, Katrina “Bikini Girl” Darrell picked up her trophy for best attitude in a two-piece ensemble. More surprising than her wardrobe was who joined her for a “Vision of Love” performance: Kara DioGuardi, the judge who infamously outsang Darrell during her audition. This time, DioGuardi played by Darrell’s rules: She briefly opened up her dress to reveal a black bikini.
“What a stomach, Kara,” host Ryan Seacrest later commented.
Tatiana Del Toro, the emotional semifinalist more famous for crying than crooning, didn’t get a proper chance to accept her outstanding female award. Seacrest said they were pressed for time, so Del Toro sang “Saving All My Love” while mockingly being chased by security. Second season “Idol” winner Ruben Studdard watched from the audience with his jaw dropped.