Simon Cowell leaves "American Idol" this month, and apparently he's going Gently into that good night. See, to commemorate the occasion, Season 8 jokester semifinalist Norman Gentle--he of the scarlet headband, shiny shirt, Bermuda shorts, and white waitstaff jacket--has lensed a hilarious video tribute to the judge everyone loves to hate (and who, inexplicably, hated Norman). The brilliant title? "Brit Slap."
The Simon-sendoff video, released under the Daughtry-like eponymous band name "Gentle," was shot in Times Square with a cast of characters that includes Norm's Season 8 castmates Jackie Tohn, Casey Carlson, and Kristen McNamara, "America's Next Top Model" judge Nigel Barker, a lifesized cardboard Cowell cutout, and a bevvy of leotarded jazzercizers. The result is a comedic tour de force that spoofs not only Simon but Britney Spears (in a "Womanizer"-style sauna scene), Madonna (check out the spot-on vogueing), Lady Gaga (note the yellow caution tape and Coke-can haircurlers), and Beyonce (thankfully, Norman doesn't wear midriff-baring black Lycra, but some of his legwarmered dancing girls do).
The video also features a soon-to-be-sweeping-the-nation "Brit Slap Dance," which a Gentle press release describes as "a refreshing replacement to the Macarena, Time Warp, and that birdie dance, of which Norman Gentle believes even Paula Abdul will approve."
Hopefully Simon Cowell will approve as well. After all, I can't imagine a more fitting sendoff than "Brit Slap"!
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