Hollywood, California - Wednesday night millions of American Idol fans tuned in to find Celine Dion singing with a computer enhanced image of Elvis, when they were actually witnessing the ghost of Elvis himself.
The apparition initially appeared backstage in a white leather jumpsuit and short cape, just before the live taping of the show asking to speak with producers, up set about Sanjaya being voted off last week and demanding to sing a duet with him.
"He's the one," said the ghost.
"The one whom you intend to pass on your crown? The new King of Rock 'N' Roll?" said a producer missing the added notoriety Sanjaya brought the show.
"No, the one who can revive my career from beyond the dead," replied the spirit.
Producers determined not to let another good thing slip through their fingers, seized on this opportunity by promising the perturbed sprit it could sing with Sanjaya, but first they needed him to sing with Celine Dion for a dressed rehearsal.
After sitting for make-up, the pale phantom took the stage for a duet with Celine Dion, thinking it only a sound check.
Simon commented on the performance, "It's a good thing Elvis was already a supernatural ectoplasm-based paranormal phenomena [a ghost], otherwise I would have made him one by voting him off."
After the taping, realizing the betrayal, the ghost of Elvis cursed the hosting trio, and producers; but thanked Cline Dion, telling her he enjoyed her mustard on hot dogs very much when he was alive and then vowed he would haunt the talent show every season finale until he sang with Sanjaya.
"That's fine with us," responded an Idol producer. "So long as it doesn't expect to work for more than scale."
"I don't want it back," continued Simon in a radio interview the day after. "No, not after that copycat performance. Did you see those gyrating hips? Who in the bloody hell does he think he is, Christina Aguilera? If that thing does come back, I'm calling Ghost Busters or a couple of Catholic priest or even Richard Simmons, if it comes to that."