November 01, 2005 at 12:00 PM EST

Short answer: Uh, no, they can’t sing.

In case you missed the debut of VH1’s But Can They Sing Sunday night, VH1.com is airing the performance clips, where you can see and hear for yourself the proof that some people should not quit their day jobs.

Not sure why, at this late date, I’m still marveling at the shamelessness (and tone-deafness) of people who appear on reality TV, whether or not they’re already famous. Some performances were less embarrassing than others (least painful: Morgan Fairchild’s ”These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” Joe Pantoliano’s ”I Get a Kick out of You,” and former Power Ranger Michael Copon’s ”I Don’t Wanna Be”), but Bai Ling’s writhing, trilling version of ”Like a Virgin” has to be seen and heard to be believed. Drag queens will be mocking this rendition for years to come.

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