Season four of American Idol saw one of the most interesting and utterly iconic performers of all time, Mary Roach, a hopeful 18 year old. Mary auditioned in Washington, D.C. She sang “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King. All four judges voted “no”, eliminating her from the competition.
There was one very long dramatic pause before any of the judges said anything in the aftermath of Mary’s performance. The level of awkwardness in the room was palpable and intense. “How do you think you did” Simon finally asked. ‘How do you think I think I did? Not too shabby,” The room seemed to hold its breathe once more in ancipitation.
There’s a lot to unpack here. The outfit. The dancing. It’s hectic. Chaotic. Perhaps, at times even slightly unhinged.
Yet in the mist of this seemingly endless Bedlam Mary Roach / Guilbeaux steals into our memories and is a legend that will never be forgotten. We love you Queen.
“I want to say a big fuck you to Simon…. and Randy… and Martin (even though he’s a hottie, I won’t deny that)”
The Queen of appearing only 6min on television warbling something that barely resembled a song, nearly 20 years ago and still to this day remains relevant!
The judges however did not share my initial sentiments, it would be fair to say that they were not impressed, in the slightest. The softly-spoken Roach soon turned ominous and boderline creepy after the judges voiced their disapproval, revealing that she was hearing voices in her head.