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Bad Music To Our Ears: 2012's 14 Most Embarrassing Singing Performances on TV — VIDEO

By Kate Ward, Hollywood.com Staff

It's hard to believe it's been nearly a year since our senses shut down as a defense mechanism following Lana Del Rey's January 2012 performance of ""Video Games"" on Saturday Night Live. But, as it turns out, we were better off — Rey's swaying song simply kicked off a year of painful music on television.

Along with the good (say, Phillip Phillips' ""Volcano"" and Jennifer Hudson's Grammys Whitney Houston tribute), there was the bad — and, thanks to television's obsession with singing reality series, there was hardly a shortage of vocal ugliness.

So who brought us the most embarrassing television performances of the year? Scroll below to take a walk down memory lane — even if it might drive you to run.

Lana Del Rey, ""Video Games"" (Saturday Night Live)

The artist's sleepy and pouty performance of her hit was so bizarre, even SNL had no choice but to lampoon the singer one month later.

Erin Martin, ""Walk Like an Egyptian"" (The Voice)

Between the awkward choreography, high school musical costumery, and squeaky vocals, Martin's cover of the Bangles' hit proved why the polarizing contestant soon became ancient history.

Jason Brock, ""Dance Again"" (The X Factor)

The zebra print blazer wasn't the only wild thing about The X Factor contestant's Week 1 performance of the Jennifer Lopez hit. Brock also surrounded himself with glitter, Vegas showgirls, and men so poor, they could only afford 1/8 of a shirt. Even Cher has nightmares about this.

Jennifer Lopez, ""Dance Again"" (American Idol)

Of course, Brock didn't do much worse than ""Dance Again""'s original artist. Flanked by a handful of shirtless men — including much-discussed new boyfriend, Casper Smart — Lopez's performance screamed ""I'm single!"" Not to mention desperation.

Jennifer Lopez ""Dance Again"" live on American... by HumanSlinky

Heejun Han, ""My Life"" (American Idol)

When Steven Tyler — who critiqued Han's performance by telling the Idol finalist he ""took the piss out of"" the song — thinks you're not taking things seriously, it's time to wonder about your life.

Nicki Minaj, ""Roman Holiday"" (Grammys 2012)

Otherwise known as the moment the Catholic Church began to think that Madonna woman isn't so bad. Sorry, Nicki — we were hardly possessed by this desperate attention grab.

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Reed Grimm, ""Moves Like Jagger"" (American Idol)

Nope, not quite. More like moves like a sexually aggressive push puppet.

Cupid, ""Cupid Shuffle"" (The Voice)

More embarrassing than a one-hit wonder singing his one hit on a reality show for a second chance? A one-hit wonder who sings his one hit on a reality show for a second chance… and doesn't even get past the first round.

CeCe Frey, ""Lady Marmalade"" (The X Factor)

Voulez-vous couches aver moi? Ditch the runny vocals, cupcake dress, and unappealing attitude. But, then again, they say a leopard (face) doesn't change its spots, so, no, merci.

Haley Johnsen, ""Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"" (American Idol)

Johnsen proved her place as Idol cannon fodder with this off-pitch performance of the Eurythmics hit. Also, Stevie Nicks called and doesn't want that outfit back.

Demi Lovato, ""Give Your Heart a Break"" (People's Choice Awards 2012)

We suppose all this focus on the heart leaves no time for the hair.

Phillip Phillips and Elise Testone, ""Somebody That I Used To Know"" (American Idol)

Nice try, Idol. Not even the trippy background can hypnotize us into not noticing Phillips and Testone's discomfort during the Gotye cover.

Don Philip, ""Halo"" (The X Factor)

The X Factor deserves devil horns for airing this embarrassing performance from Philip, a vocal coach and one-time collaborator of Britney Spears'. The pop star — who was forced to reject her former duet partner — wasn't the only one who had trouble watching the moment.

Glee Cast, ""Gangnam Style"" (Glee)

Turns out there are worse things than ""The Macarena.""

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