Christoph Waltz murders Stefano Langone, criticizes 'Idol' judging in 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' skit

Poor Stefano Langone. Not only was he eliminated from American Idol last night, he was also eliminated permanently — from life! — on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!. In a clever, well-edited sketch, Inglourious Basterds Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, promoting this weekend’s Water for Elephants, helped illustrate American Idol‘s one jarring season 10 flaw: The judges’ lack of critical judging. Channeling Simon Cowell with a tight black T-shirt, Waltz tells Langone: “Stefano, you were terrible. You were naive, you were unlistenable. You were actually abhorrent. You failed. And therefore, you leave me no choice to sentence you to death by firing squad.” (Remind me never to invite Watlz over for dessert.) Then Waltz addresses judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler: “When someone is terrible, you don’t inflate a malfunctioning ego. You don’t shower undeserved praise on the lobotomized squeakbox. No, you eliminate him. Permanently.”

Harsh, yes, but just what this season of Idol needs. Christoph Waltz for Idol 2012? Check out the the clip below, in which Waltz also wears bright pink pants and performs a rendition of the Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?”.

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  • steph

    I love him.

  • harry


  • Natalie

    Mr. Waltz is one fine actor… cannot wait to see his new film!

  • Emily

    Walts seems to be packin some heat…in his crotch.

  • Jane

    From what I hear, the only reason to see the film is Mr. Waltz’ performance. He looks and sounds so serious and is just hilarious. He is the best!!

  • Monster

    He sucks, why did he murdered stefano? so mean and vicious of him. Get lost!

    • Shelli

      Wow, great sense of humor there, idiot. And he didn’t “murdered” Stefano.

    • Will

      christoph walts. first of all, no one is named christoph it’s christophER! and second of all, stefano was the best singer on idol this season except for maybe pia. he should kill you cuz you’re a waste of life!

      • Mary Anne

        Are you serious? Please tell me this comment is a joke.

      • Shellshell

        Really?! His name is CHRISTOPH! He’s from Austria and that is a very popular name there. His name is NOT Christopher….

    • Bizzie Lizzie

      How mean cruel and hurtful. Stephano was never one of my favourites but he is a sweet guy and doesn’t deserve to be maligned in such a way. There is never anything funny about saying horrible things even in humour at at another person’s expense. I agree with you Monster.

      • Observant

        Ohhh…pleeeaase Bizzie Lizzie! Being ‘sweet’ doesn’t make for a good singer…constructive criticism is what the judges were hired to do. Christoph was right-on with his comments.

  • Jean Johnson

    This was rude and insulting at Stefano Langone’s expense. Stefano is a good singer! Humor should not be attacking an other human being.

    • Dream Out Loud

      Stefano is awful. I never thought this would be possible, but he’s a poor man’s The Situation. go back to tanning. ugh. so glad he’s off the show.

    • @J J

      You sound like a barrel of laughs, lady–bet you’re always the life of the party.

  • Monster

    Ill never watch your movie bastard!

  • kayla

    god christoph is effing hot!

  • jfms777

    That man is so talented. Even if “Elephants” is a lousy movie, his next, “Carnage” is coming, and that should be great.

  • SB

    Why is this Old Man criticizing a 21 year old man whose trying to be successful in life anyway??? There’s a whole generation of drug dealers rapists drug addicts etc he can talk about. Why try to demolish the reputation of a young man who is ambitious whose following his dream???

    • B

      That ‘old man’ is 54 and has an Oscar. If you were smart, you’d realize he’s making fun of the judges’ constant praise, not just Stefano.

  • Nan

    I can’t believe some of these posters are actually taking offense at this! It’s a JOKE, people. Lighten up. I thought it was funny. Especially the part where he sings, “Who let the dogs out?”

  • stevenjaba

    Friggin hilarious. Give him an Oscar, and make sure the frakin’ judges see this.

  • Lindsay

    Hilarious! What great comic timing he has. I need a hot chocolate now…

  • Todd

    Okay then, the seriously inane and deluded comments here illustrate just how and why Idol is so terrible these days, and so very lowbrow.

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