Everyone loves to make fun of the crazy American Idol contestants; the delusional and, at times, sad people who just want their slice of fame. Sadly, some of these stories end tragically. Last year it was Paula Goodspeed, the Paula Abdul-obsessed auditioner who committed suicide in front of Abdul’s home. This weekend we learned of the untimely death of one of Idol‘s more notorious wannabes, Alexis Cohen (Glitter Girl, to Idol fans), the victim of an unfortunate hit-and-run in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
Cohen auditioned at the beginning of Season 7 of Idol and famously spewed an expletive-filled rant and gave the double-bird to Simon Cowell and Co. after being told she wasn’t going to Hollywood. She reappeared at auditions for Season 8 and convinced the producers and judges that she has turned a new leaf and was a more calm and rational person, and when she still didn’t pass the first round of auditions, she went off on the judges yet again. She was ratings gold and the producers knew it, which is why they allowed her to be rejected a second time.
While her death is tragic and certainly no result of her auditions on the show, Cohen will forever be remembered for those appearances, and it makes you wonder if that first round of the show can be unnecessarily cruel. After all, Cohen, while seeking fame, ended up with infamy. She was found by pedestrians on the side of the road after suffering fatal injuries early Saturday morning. 23-year-old Daniel Bark has been arrested for reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.