Transcript of William Carlos Williams Reading “The Red Wheelbarrow” on American Idol and Judges Comments

WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS
So much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens.

[Audience cheers wildly. Ryan Seacrest meets William Carlos Williams at center stage]

RYAN SEACREST
Very nice, Dr. Williams. [pats his shoulder] Let’s see what the judges have to say. Randy?

RANDY JACKSON
[shaking head] Dog. Dog. Dog. Okay. Okay. Okay. Check it out. Check it out. Now at the start when you come out with “so much depends,” I’m thinking, I don’t know about this – it’s sounding a little preachy. Right, right? [audience boos] Let me finish. Let me finish. [holds up hand] But. BUT – then you just kicked it. [audience cheers] You totally kicked it with the red wheelbarrow, the rain water, the chickens – and I got it. I saw exactly where you were going with it. Got it. Got it. Got it. Big fan, dog. Big fan.

[enthusiastic cheers and applause]

RYAN SEACREST
Jennifer Lopez?

JENNIFER LOPEZ
Oh. Oh. Oh. What can I say? You truly are a poet. You really are. You moved me. You really did. You moved me. [audience cheers] And it is so, so true – so much does depend upon the red wheelbarrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. It really does. It really, really does.

[enthusiastic cheers and applause]

RYAN SEACREST
Stephen Tyler?

STEPHEN TYLER
You nailed it, dude. You nailed it. [audience cheers] The red wheelbarrow. The rain water. The chickens. It was all right there. Like Jennifer said, you’re a poet, dude. You’re a poet.

[enthusiastic cheers and applause]

RYAN SEACREST
[places hand on William Carlos Williams’ shoulder] If you want to vote for William Carlos Williams, the phone number is 1-866-IDOLS-03, that’s 866-436-5703 [William Carlos Williams holds up three fingers to camera] or Text “Vote” to 5703 when the voting lines open immediately after the show. When we come back, Gregory Corso drives a car.

[wild cheering and applause. shot of Gregory Corso gently rocking an imaginary steering wheel back and forth with hands in 10-2 position. American Idol theme music with fade to commercial]