Steven Tyler dressed in drag for last night’s American Idol, posing as an Oklahoman woman named Pepper LaBeija trying out for the competition. Despite the legitimacy of the name––Tyler adopted the name from a famous drag queen––the Aerosmith frontman wasn’t fooling anyone when he walked in.

Wearing a blonde wig, thick red lipstick and eye shadow, Tyler readied to sing a song called, “Tell your ma, tell your pa, our love go’n grow wah, wah.” But shortly thereafter the jig was up and judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson couldn’t hold back their laughter.

“I just wanted to come by and say, ‘Hello everybody,’” Tyler said as he removed his blond wig. “I love you. Good luck with this year. I tried so hard. No Hollywood.” Tyler then covered his face in mock disappointment and left the room.

Tyler’s appearance marked an amicable reunion with the show. "I loved it and hated it,” Tyler told Rolling Stone last July about his time with Idol. “It was a great job, I sat next to J. Lo and I made a ton of money. It was a moment in life and it became larger than life."

While Pepper LaBeija didn’t make it to the next round, the night included some geniunely good performances, including one from Kayden Stephenson, a 16-year old battling with cystic fibrosis who drew comparisons to a young Michael Jackson from Minaj.

American Idol will be back on FOX next Wednesday with a two-hour episode beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST. —Hal Sundt

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