One singer, the stronger of the two finalists, just butchered the song
"Through the Wire" "Through the Fire" (I got it mixed up with Kanye West's version) and the judges had to say nice things about his singing while keeping a straight face.
Stuff like "That was a great interpretation of the song" (...too bad it was off-key?) and "You must be picky about who you fall in love with" (...I hope the one you fall in love with is not picky about your singing because it sucks?) and "I don't want to say anything negative under the circumstances of tonight's atmosphere" (...your rabid tone deaf fans might tear me limb from limb?).
It was hilarious stuff.
Oh wait, it's not a comedy show, it's a real competition. Sorry, my bad.