Joel: American Idol’s Top 24 performed in front of the judges, including singer, songwriter and Coachella headliner Ellen Degeneres. Simon, who was long since checked out, checked back into explain what is expected of the contestants.
Ryan: Simon, I get the sense that you were like, a bit frustrated.
Simon: It’s like… your first kiss. Your first kiss has got be something you’re gonna remember. You’ve got to come up here, do something and prove to everyone watching the show: “I am different, unique and I’m a star”, rather than indulging yourself. And that’s the problem.
Ryan: I didn’t think of any of that during my first kiss.
Simon: I think that probably went both ways.
Joel: Actually, Ryan was too busy worrying if my parents were gonna come into the room. …C’mon we were sixteen, the world was new! The clasp was in the back…!