"Well hell fire, save matches, f–– a duck and see what hatches!" – Pleasantly surprised after hearing the uniquely deep voice of country crooner (and now a top-four finalist!) Scotty McCreery, 17, for the first time during the Milwaukee audition
"Well, you look like you could be one of my ... nope, not gonna say it ... Friends. [You look like you could be] one of my friends." – Cutting himself off while chatting with hopeful Alyson Jados, who looked a bit like his daughters, after her audition
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"You are an artist in the truest sense of the word. You took a song by – Nat King Cole who sang, 'Ke-mo, ki-mo spare-o-spare, Ma-hi, ma-ho, ma-rump-sticka-pumpernickle, Soup-bang, nip-cat, polly-mitcha-cameo.' You do what's in your heart." – Responding to Casey Abram's performance of Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy" by borrowing a few bars from the legendary musician's child-friendly tune, "Ke Mo Ki Mo (The Magic Song)"