Steven Thoen, also known as Red due to his hair and wardrobe, explained his desire to sing on TV thusly: "I like competition, and I figured I would, what the heck, take a chance." Prior to his performance he claimed to be as good as Freddie Mercury, and was anxious to show off his chops on the Queen classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'

However, the burly redhead merely showed off his ear-piercing falsetto, which faltered a few times through the audition, while all three judges were in tears laughing. Red claimed he suffered from lack of coaching and practice and propositioned Simon Cowell to coach him, to which Cowell explained it would be like coaching a one-legged man to win the 100-yard sprint.