A week after its prime-time debut, “Pants on the Ground” has become part of the nation’s lexicon, not to mention a rallying cry for proponents of proper belt usage everywhere. But as we sail toward a third week of American Idol audition episodes — anyone ready for Hollywood Week yet? — I started wondering: What are the best “bad” auditions in the show’s history? And by “bad,” of course, I mean both tryouts by cluelessly tuneless types that go disastrously wrong, as well as those featuring folks who know before they enter the room that they’re not getting a Golden Ticket, but manage to amuse us nonetheless (see Platt, ‘Gen.’ Larry). Off the top of my head, I’d have to go with “iPod/guyPod” Joel Contreras, from the season 8 Puerto Rico auditions, whose general and aggressive idiocy made me laugh in spite of myself. (His shtick is embedded below, and starts at the :20 mark.) But surely there are more and better choices! Weigh in down below in the comments section, and be as specific as possible. We’ll take the best responses and roll them into an gallery during the last week of season 9 auditions. (Oh, and to get an immediate alert when said slide-show goes live, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!)

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