A true reality TV star, if only in his own mind, Benardo wowed audiences of both “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” with equally atrocious auditions. His time on “Idol” was short – he was dismissed immediately after his audition, with Simon Cowell proclaiming it to be “rubbish.” He made enough of an impression on producers, however, that he was invited back for the Season 9 finale, during which he crashed Dane Cook’s performance and was dragged off stage. He later filed a $300 million discrimination lawsuit claiming the show’s producers tried to exploit his sexuality on the show by asking him to “gay it up” for the camera. -Jeff Royer
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