'American Idol': Anthony Hopkins' bizarre audience cameo explained

america-idol-anthony-hopkins.jpgIf you're anything like us, you were probably caught a little off guard last year, when an episode of "American Idol" included a shot to the audience... and Academy Award winner, Mr. Anthony Hopkins.

Apparently he's a fan.

Speaking with Ellen DeGeneres on her Jan. 27 show, the two discuss their odd meeting on the series during her Season 9 run. "That was the second time I've been," he tells DeGeneres. "I think it's terrific. All these kids get up and have a go. That takes a lot of courage. That's what I like about it. It must be a feeling of craziness to get up there, to have all that courage to get up in front of millions of people and then win maybe. It's terrific."

Yeah, that's right. He said "terrific" twice. Hopkins goes on to reveal his allegiances among past "Idol" contestants. His favorites? Adam Lambert and Crystal Bowersox.
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