The judges, most notably Cowell, weren't impressed, advising Cohen she'd be better off trying out for a cover band.
"How dare a person mock someone like that?" an incensed Cohen said afterward. "Excuse me, you sir, suck."
She then waved her middle fingers at the camera and snarled, "Simon, if I could legally moon you, I would."
The next day, Cohen made the rounds of the morning talk shows.
Her glitter gone and her style more glamorous, Cohen returned to the show the following season, boasting a whole new attitude.
She sang Madonna
's "Like a Prayer," but her performance was panned again.
After Cowell told her she "actually got worse," Cohen smiled and politely thanked him.
She then added, "I don't know what else to do except give you the finger."
She flipped him the bird yet again.