The iCarly crew loves the show America Sings, so they tell their viewers to vote for David Archuleta, whom they want to win over his British competitor, Wade Collins. After a series of commercials, Archuleta wins to everyone's surprise.
The next day, a news report talks about Archuleta's win and speculates that iCarly may be the reason why. Carly, Freddie and Spencer see an interview on TV where Wade Collins says that his mother is ill and that he wanted to use the earnings, if he had won, to help his mother get the surgery she needs. They feel sorry for Wade and invite him on iCarly, hoping to help him get more popular and get his own recording contract. When Wade is late for his iCarly appearance, Sam blames Freddie, and the girls let Gibby sing instead.
Wade finally arrives and the iCarly gang learns that he didn't receive any prizes for coming in 2nd place on the show. They volunteer to help make a music video for him, (later known as "Cry Like a Lion"). After the show, Wade reveals his true colors and is nasty and obnoxious, calling everyone a "hobknocker" and is insulting to everyone. He hires Gibby as his personal assistant and keeps calling him "Jibley". The next day, he is very uncooperative with Freddie during the video shoot and continues to act like a spoiled child. After Spencer arrives in studio with a cute puppy, Wade gets even more out of control. He screams insults at everyone, calls them "hobknockers", says that he hates puppies, then storms off to get some "yoggert".During an iCarly rehearsal for a segment, Freddie finally finishes the video and Wade comes to collect it with his mother. The trio are startled by this, especially since Wade reveals he lied about his mother being sick to gain sympathy. This proves to be the last straw for Carly, who refuses to give Wade his video, so his mother sits on Carly, and Wade steals the DVD. David Archuleta makes a guest appearance on the next iCarly webisode where they show a video of what Wade Collins is really like. They tell what hotel and room Wade is staying in and asks anyone in America who dislikes him to go there. David can't sing because he has a sore throat, so they have Spencer play iCarly out on the banjo.
Meanwhile, Spencer gets a letter from Video Village that claims he hasn't returned a video that he rented ten years earlier. Sam teaches Spencer how to lie so he can try to lie to the video store clerk, but he just can't do it. In the end, it turns out that the video store owner just sends out letters to scare people. The clerk promises to take it off his system, and she and Spencer begin flirting with each other.
- A majority of the episode is about lying.
- Sam demonstrates that she is an excellent liar in this episode, but she can't lie about the simplest of things to Carly. (in "iSaw Him First," Sam had trouble lying that she was with Shane and in iWill Date Freddie, Carly states that "Sam may be obnoxious and irresponsible, but she doesn't lie").
- America Sings is a parody of American Idol.
- Archuleta being a winner on America Sings is a response to being an American Idol finalist.
- Backstage Hollywood is a parody of Access Hollywood.
- Wade calls Carly and others "hobknockers". The true meaning of the word is unknown, but it is apparently both "gross and illegal".
- "Blimey" (in full "Gor blimey") is an English idiom that means "God blind (or blame) me".
- 'Hobknockers' is also cut out in the episode in the UK airings, making it a shorter episode. However, in iFix A Popstar when it is briefly used, it is not cut out.
- This episode premiered on TEENick's "Crush Night," hosted by David Archuleta and Miranda Cosgrove.
- This episode is mentioned in IFix A Popstar.
- When shooting Wade Collins video, the iCarly gang shot it inside the studio. But in the final music video, it was shot outside. This could mean that they switched locations or decided to use a green screen.
- Right after David won, Freddie hugged Carly, but when Sam saw him, and he saw her, you can tell they were still tense from the kiss.
- Several people who watched this episode thought that it was probably the most racist episode in iCarly due to the several quotes said by Wade Collins which they thought was offensive to all Americans.
- Andrea Swain, the actress who played the Video Village clerk, also appeared in iCarly Saves TV and iStart a Fanwar.
- In iBloop, the swing out stops every time Freddie clicks the button.
- The video the iCarly gang made of Wade Collins has a similar style to YouTube Poop.
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- Despite Carly wearing fancy clothes and make-up in order to participate in the video clip that Freddie is about to make for Wade Collins, we never actually see her in the video when Freddie shows the final form of it.
- In this episode (and again in "iThink They Kissed") Spencer brings out a "banjo" - but the instrument has six strings, so technically the instrument is a banjo guitar, not a banjo proper. In "iSell Penny Tees" he has a proper 5-string banjo.
Carly and Sam: David! David! David!
Freddie: He's not gonna win.
Carly and Sam: Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!
Spencer: I can't I am a terrible liar.
Carly: It's true. One time....
Spencer: Don't tell the story!
Carly: I'm telling the story! One time we were going to ride roller coasters on a school day and when Spencer came to get me he told Ms. Briggs he was taking me to the doctor. And she said "Which one?" and Spencer said...
Spencer: [meekly] Dr. Rollercoaster.
Carly: And guess what I didn't get to ride that day.
Carly : [Playing with a yo-yo] ... Yo ... Yo ... Yo ... Yo ...
Freddie: I fixed it so it swings out 18% faster now.
Carly: Okay, you've gotta get a girlfriend.
Freddie: I know ... [Brightens up] Uh--
Freddie: [Nods in resignation] Yeah.
Wade Collins: Just roll the camera! Action!! [music plays]
[Spencer comes in holding a puppy.]
Spencer: Hey. Check out this little guy.
Wade Collins: Jibley, STOP THE MUSIC!
Gibby: You've got beautiful hair.
Wade Collins: [sternly] Don't look at it!
Wade Collins: You are all a bunch of hob-knockers!
Wade: I'm going downstairs to get some yah-gurt!
Freddie: Um... we're in the middle of shooting YOUR music video!
Wade: No, you're all busy worshipping a filthy, little beast! UGH! Why are all Americans such IDIOTS?!
Spencer: I thought we were hob-knockers?
Freddie: Good, it's hard to find shots of the guy NOT shouting at me and calling me an "UNTALENTED HOBKNOCKER!!!"
Wade: Is that anyway you talk to my mum?
Sam: Your mom?
Wade's Mom: Hello love.
Spencer : You're very nice.
Clerk : You're very ... cute.
Spencer : Really? ... Wanna visit my summer home in Prague and meet my cousin, the Pope?
Clerk : [Giggles]
Spencer : Yeah, I knew you'd giggle.
Sam: So, David, what was it like hanging it out with Wade Collins?
David Archuleta: Oh, you know, he's...[unenthusiastically] okay.
Carly: You don't like him, do you?
David: [still unenthused] Not really, no.
Sam: Let it out, David.
David: Well, he called me a hob-knocker. I don't even know what that means.
Carly: [whispers the meaning of hob-knocker into David's ear]
David: Oh! Gross!
Sam: And illegal.
Wade Collins: [in a YouTube Poop-style video] I wanted tuna fish! [knocks the plate of ham sandwich out of Carly's hand, edited to do it three times]
[Wade hocks and spits onto the floor]
Wade Collins: [screen is flashing all different colors] I've got a pimple in my ear.
Wade Collins: [Gibby is blow-drying his hair] Too hot! [video repeats] ...hot! [video repeats] ...hot!
Gibby: I'm sorry! [Wade takes the blowdryer, aims it at Gibby, and blows it in his face, causing him to run off]
Wade Collins: [screen flashes negative] You're a stupid American, Freddie. Stupid American
[Wade spits again]
[Wade sneezes on Gibby]
Wade Collins: [walks by several music video-dressed girls] You're all a bunch of stupid American girls! You bunch of hob-knockers!
Wade Collins: I DON'T CARE ABOUT MUSIC! I WANT MONEY! [screen turns green, echoing "MONEY!"]
[Wade spits again]
Wade Collins: [screams at a hobo bystander outside] HOB-- [video repeats] HOB-- [video repeats] HOB-KNOCKER!
Wade Collins: [eating spaghetti] I have to look beautiful! Jibley [Gibby]!
[Wade growls at the camera]
Wade Collins: I hate children, I hate teenagers, I hate animals, AND I HATE AMERICA!
Carly: [sarcastically, to web audience] Isn't he charming?
David Archuleta: Should we tell them what room? [Wade Collins is staying in]
Carly: I don't think we should.
David: [Rubbing his hands together] Room 513.
Carly: That's room five one three! [holds up fingers for each number]