Michael Slezak
April 07, 2010 AT 07:11 PM EDT

Don’t cry for Tim Urban, Idoloonies. While American Idol‘s judges have frequently expressed their bewilderment that the show’s most maligned contestant maintains a permanent grin even as they’re telling him he’s irrelevant, out-of-tune, and in need of singing lessons, Tim finds his bliss in the angry mob that sits behind the firing squad of Simon, Kara, Ellen, and Randy. “I think my favorite thing is watching Simon’s face, when he says something and someone boos. He’s like [jerks head up, looks around confused]. He’s like, ‘Wait! Come on now, I’m right!’ And they’re like, ‘No you’re not!’ It makes me laugh. I love that,” Tim told EW backstage after last night’s Lennon-McCartney Songbook telecast. “I love when the crowd gets into it,” he added. “It totally boosts us on stage.” –Reporting by Whitney Pastorek

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