Wacky "American Idol" (search) wannabe Leroy Wells (search) watched himself make America laugh Tuesday night — from a cold jail cell.

Wells, a 22-year-old from Grand Bay, Ala., with a long rap sheet, was tossed into Mobile Metro Jail after he failed to appear in court on charges he shot someone in the hip earlier this month, according to local TV reports.

Sheriff's deputies allowed Wells to watch himself on Tuesday's "Idol" episode — which threw a spotlight on his downright weird audition for the mega-rated Fox reality show, now in its fourth season and going strong.

Wells, who auditioned last summer in New Orleans, amazed "Idol" judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson with his indecipherable ranting and hip-shaking histrionics.

Wearing shorts and "Bronx" jersey, he sang ODB's "Got Your Money" — and punctuated his performance by repeatedly yelling, "Can you dig it?" while gesticulating wildly and speaking in a tongue no one seemed to understand.

Cowell, Abdul and Jackson, who were joined by KISS frontman Gene Simmons, watched with mouths agape — when they weren't laughing or shaking their heads in amazement.

When Wells finally finished, Cowell — dubbed "The Merchant of Venom" — called his performance "ridiculous."

Wells countered that he only wanted to get on television. Mission accomplished.

While he won't be going to Hollywood to continue on the show, Wells faces plenty of trouble at home.

He faces assault, gun and drug charges, authorities said.