Amy Ryan
August 14, 2008 AT 04:00 PM EDT

With all the stories about apparent fakery production enhancement at the Olympic opening ceremonies, I imagine Nigel Lythgoe reading an item like this one (about the adorable floating girl who, it seems, lip-synched her song because the real singing girl wasn’t deemed cute enough) and thinking to himself: “Blimey, why didn’t we do this with Kristy Lee Cook?”

Then I get another horrifying thought: What if the evil alien scientists Idol producers really did do that with Kristy Lee Cook, and that was just the best voice they could find for her? (For all you Idolatry/Mechagodzilla fans, a trip down memory lane follows, after the jump.)

addCredit(“Kristy Lee Cook: George Napolitano/FilmMagic; Lin Miaoke: AP”)

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