Ryan Seacrest: Welcome to the South Carolina auditions for the 2008... American....Idol !!!!
(McCain) Hello, I'm John McCain, and I'm a big fan of Barbara Streisand.
(Simon) Paula, you live in a velvet fog. Mr. McCain, it's one song per contestant. And shouldn't you sing something more suitable ?
(McCain) Well I like "Barbara Ann", but my mother told me not to sing that in public any more.
(Simon) Next !
(Hillary) Hi, I'm Hillary Rodham. Clinton. Rodham Clinton. Clinton. How y'all doing this morning ? I've found my new voice.
(Randy) Where are you from ?
(Hillary) Where do you want me to be from ? This song is about refocusing on the critical issues in this campaign, like, how do I win the nomination ?
(Paula) Terrific, Rodman. What were you trying to say ?
(Hillary) That we need to work together to defeat big business, which is that hammer thrower, dashing the dreams of working class people all over America.
(Randy) But it looked like the face in the screen represents big business ?
(Hillary) Oh. Well let's do it again, this time I'll be the hammer girl.
(Simon) No, I don't want to hear another word from you.
(Hillary) This is a vast right wing conspiracy !!
(Seacrest) Next !!
(Obama) My name is Barack Obama, and I'd like to sing a song for you.
(Randy) Barack, that was cool, you were keeping it real. But wasn't it a little too safe ?
(Obama) That's because anything I say just gives Clinton another chance to misrepresent who I am and what I believe in.
(Paula) We can't have contestants talking smack about other contestants !
(Simon) Right, only we talk smack about contestants.
(Obama) Well actually it wasn't Mrs. Clinton. It was her husband.
(Randy) Well which one of them is the contestant ?
(Obama) Tell me when you figure that out !
(Seacrest) We have one more, but he doesn't want to sing today. He says if the two finalists are really lame, then he'll enter the contest.
(Simon) He sings now or he's out !
(Seacrest) But he says he'll spend every penny he has to win.
(Randy) We can't be bought ! The people decide !!
(Seacrest) He has a trillion pennies.
(All judges) Well maybe we can work with him.
(Seacrest) But he actually only spent $100 a vote to win his last contest.
(All judges) Who does he think we are ?
(Seacrest) I'm not going to haggle with the man for you. In our out ?
(Randy) Isn't there one person who will give us a performance we can get behind ?
(Seacrest) We do have one more guy, but he also doesn't sing. He has nice background music, and he talks about why he's the candidate for change.
(Simon) For goodness sake....
(Seacret) He's taken on the bloated establishment and won, with a "give the people what they want" mantra. His "broken windows" theory is brilliant.
(Randy) Guiliani ?
(Seacrest) No, Rudy said he'd only audition in Florida. Look, I really think you're going to be wowed by this new guy, Mack.