So, I'm watching American Idol this season - I've been hit and miss with it over the years, but since they added Ellen (and she rocked SYTYCD) and it's Simon's last year, I'm committed this season.
Here's my take so far.
The guys aren't memorable. I'd go so far as to say perhaps the producers stacked the deck because they think they need a girl to win this year. It's hard to believe those were the best 12 guys in America. I'm pretty sure I've got a 17 year old cousin who sings better than all of them. (You know who you are!)
Big Mike is kinda memorable, but loses any points he might have gained for not being at the birth of his child. Of the 3 or 4 possible reasons one might miss the birth of their child (death, debilitating accident on the way to the hospital, out on a fishing boat earning the money to buy the milk to put in the baby's mouth) trying out for American idol is not among them. If this was the big plan to support your baby, I suggest brainstorming a plan B.
The girls are pretty good - but the season belongs to Bowersox. The rest may all go home now. You're welcome. I just saved you all a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Special consideration may be given to Siobhan Magnus for A) choosing a Chris Isaak song and B) being unlike anyone I've ever met, seen on tv, in a book, or even thought about making up as a character. Even Simon seems flummoxed a bit. And we all know that's hard to do.
Speaking of which, I did feel sorry for the cute 16 year old who keeps sounding like she's 30. Did you see the episode when Simon winked at her, then they asked her who she listened to that was under 20? And all she could say was "Uh..." She should have just been honest and said, "I'm sorry, Simon Cowell just winked at me and obliterated the last several minutes. I can't even remember my name. I didn't create a world in which Simon could wink and create a tear in the space time continuum, I just have to live in it."
But all she could say was, "uhhh..."