News Flash: 'Idol' Bikini Boy Was So Staged
Last night's nearly nude final audition was clearly calculated
By Kenny Herzog Feb 3, 2010 10:48AM
The judges may not have seen it coming, and he may not have been planted by actual "American Idol" producers, but the appearance of "Bikini Boy" at the culmination of last night's episode was as pre-arranged as Kara DioGuardi's Bikini Girl-besting striptease during Season 8's finale.
The man behind the two-piece man-kini has since outed himself as Ty Hemmerling, an intern at a Denver radio station known for being the victim of "Howard Stern Show"-like belittlement.
In an interview with a local Denver blog, Hemmerling pulls the curtain back on how producers knowingly let him pass through preliminary stages, despite his occupation as a merry media prankster, leading to his humiliating audition and predictably prompt dismissal.
But it didn't take a highly observant and remarkably intelligent-yet-handsome TV critic like myself (pardon me while I pause to bow) to spot a set-up immediately. Between the obvious comedic tie-in with the aforementioned Bikini Girl, absence of any other prevailing charisma or talent, and conspicuous presence as the final remaining contestant for the day, it was an admirable but unconvincing attempt at contriving morning headlines.
Uh, not that it worked or anything...