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?”.