One of the most enduring stories during Season 8 of American Idol was that of bikini girl Katrina Darrell. And since she made such an impact on the American Idol judges, it was only fitting that they bring the bikini girl back for one last go-round.
Every season, American Idol salutes some of their more memorable auditions and contestants. They have taken to calling those awards Golden Idol Awards. They presented three this season: Outstanding Male, Outstanding Female, and Best Attitude. Although
Kara DioGuardi Sings, Strips as Bikini Girl Katrina Darrell Returns to American Idol for Finale
Date: May 20, 2009
United States of America she could have won Outstanding Female (for being memorable), Katrina Darrell won Best Attitude.
Of course, the producers had to show the moment when bikini girl first walked into the audition room. They replayed the contentious scene where Katrina Darrell told Kara DioGuardi that her singing was no better than her own, the scene where Paula Abdul stood up for her colleague, where Simon Cowell compounded the disrespect by agreeing with Darrell. But they voted her through to Hollywood...
Still, it was a new and improved bikini girl, all tan and glowing, that walked out and received her gleaming award. She kissed Ryan Seacrest firmly on the lips and told the audience that "this time he kissed back." Ryan, who sarcastically commented on Darrell while she remained in the competition, deadpanned, "I'd ask what's new with you, but I think I know."
Ryan was staring at her enhancements.
But Katrina Darrell wasn't done. She pranced out in her high heels, singing Mariah Carey's "Vision of Love." But she hadn't gotten far when she was joined by American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. They then have a mock duel and Kara DioGuardi simply out-sings the bikini girl, leaving her shaking her head, her arms crossed.