I made a pledge to myself a few years ago to watch as little of the "American Idol" audition episodes as is humanly possible, preferring to check in on each season after (most of) the freaks and bad singers have been sent packing. I caught a few minutes of the premiere just to see how Kara Dio Guardi interacted with the other judges, but I'm going into the first of the Hollywood episodes(*) ignorant of virtually every contestant save Bikini Girl.
(*) I'm glad, by the way, that they're re-emphasizing the Hollywood round this year by expanding it to two weeks, as these episodes tend to level the playing field for people whose auditions didn't get shown.
So, for those of you who've been watching from minute one this season, how has it been? Anyone who seems like an obvious frontrunner yet? What would you estimate the freak-to-talent ratio was during the auditions? And does Kara seem like she'll actually add value to the show, or will she be another useless lox like Randy?
Not sure yet if I'll be doing episode post-mortems until the semi-finals start. I guess it depends on how interesting the Hollywood shows are.