Antony and the Johnsons meet American Idol.
Simon: "A dress, right. Are you a woman?"
Simon: "What? He has very feminine features and is wearing a dress."
Antony: "I'm transgendered."
Simon: "Perfect. Transgendered. And I guess that would explain the makeup."
Antony: "That's more for theater's sake."
Simon: "Well, it's more foolish than dramatic."
Simon: "And your voice. What was that? So incredibly odd."
Simon: "Randy, what did you think of his/her voice?"
Randy: "Wowww. Dude. Dawg, it was strange, dawg."
Simon: "Utterly strange."
Antony: "People think that at first maybe, but they warm to it. People begin to really like it."
Paula: "It's an acquired taste."
Simon: "An acquired taste? Not on your life. Tom Waits' voice is an acquired taste. Antony's is ... something else."
Randy: "Dawg, it was strange, dawg. I mean, dude, dawg. Mannnn. Dawg. Wowww."
Simon: "You can't tell me anyone would ever like your voice. Who would warm to it?"
Antony: "My first album with my band the Johnsons I Am a Bird Now won the Mercury Prize in England. It's awarded to the album considered best in England or Ireland in a given year. It also won Pitchfork's Album of the Year for 2005."
Simon: "No accounting for taste."
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