July 20, 2007
The 2007 season of American Idol featured guest shots from superstars on the order of Bono, Barry Gibb, Bon Jovi and, during the American Idol Gives Back charity special of April 24, 2007, a wholly unexpected, still unexplained and thoroughly appreciated appearance of Mr. Skin's Skincyclopedia: The A-to-Z Guide to Finding Your Favorite Actresses Naked.
As funnyman Ben Stiller pitched the cause and warbled "Reminiscing" by The Little River Band in what looked to be a library, the Skincyclopedia remained plainly visible on a bookcase just behind Stiller's head.
Even more curious was that, of all the books in the shot, the Skincyclopedia was the only title that was turned frontward so that its cover was clear to see.
We don't know if someone on the production team thought this semi-subliminal Skincyclopedia product placement would be funny, or if there's a huge MrSkin.com fan on the staff (Randy Jackson, come clean) or if perhaps some last minute straggler on the set took a slug of whatever it is in Paul Abdul's big, red, plastic Coca-Cola cup, but we were as grateful for the book turning up on-camera as we were for that shot of Sanjaya's sister's cleavage.
Okay, almost as grateful. Keep an eye out for this most Skintastic surprise appearance.