American Idol Season 6 finalist Phil Stacey unsuccessfully attempted to play the “do you know who I am?” card to jump ahead of the line at a Hendersonville delicatessen on Wednesday.
“Come on, man. You know me. American Idol? Obviously a Christian singer on the show, later tried my hand at country because that’s where the label thought the money would be…” Stacey attempted to jog the memory of the employee working the cash register.
“Oh, you look different without the glasses, and with the haircut,” said cashier Timothy Ketner, 29, of Hendersonville. “I was more of an Adam Lambert fan, but it’s still really cool to have you here. It was inspirational the way you dealt with the thing with your wife…”
“No, no… I’m not Danny Gokey. It was a couple seasons before that,” explained Stacey, getting a little testy. “I’m sure you’ve heard me on the radio or seen me in the magazines… I’m the bald white guy with the soft voice and the one big country hit. You know me. Look at my face. Don’t I look familiar?”
“Oh, I do remember! ‘I’m dying inside, and nobody knows it but me,’ right? I love that song. Whatever happened to you, anyway? I haven’t heard anything from you since, like, the late ’90s. Didn’t you used to have cancer or something? And you were involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation? That was really cool of you.”
“Forget it,” grumbled Stacey, glancing at the line of customers. “I’ll come back when you’re not so busy.”
“I totally knew who that guy was,” confided Ketner after Stacey had left. “I just wanted to f**k with him.”