As we’ve come to expect from the annual return of American Idol, the first episode of season 7 highlighted several standout voices, a few attractive faces and the inspiring, golden ticket-waving scenes we hope play out in Hollywood and in the final rounds.

But the segments that will have us watching again and again in the beginning? The awkward, the unusual and the downright creepy contestants from all over our great nation. And last night’s crop from Philadelphia was no exception.

In fact, with the writers’ strike in full force, the premiere episode featured some of the most unique and creative writing on television these days — and not in a good way. Milo Turk, 39, of Absecon, N.J., weaseled his way into the judges chambers — despite being 10 years too old to be eligible for the competition — to sing his original song, “No Sex Allowed.”

And it went a little something like this:

Then there was Paul Martarano, 32, of New Hope, Pa., who wrote an unnamed love song for Paula Abdul:

It’s not that Randy, Paula and Simon didn’t find talent in the City of Brotherly Love. They actually handed out 29 golden tickets to Hollywood. But we’ll get to know those contestants later in the season when they shoot for their 15 minutes of fame. For now, it’s all about the ones who got their 15 seconds. –Aaron Parsley

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