Although I was disappointed there were fewer funny auditions, I am truly bewildered with this year's offerings. It will be no easy feat rising to the top of the pile this time around. The contestants are going to have to really bring all the talent that they've got to every single competition.
Now, Simon was never constructively critical, he was mean critical, which never helped a single soul. This year's judges are much kinder to the spirit of those who would be going home, which I consider to be a *good thing*. Simon was a jerk wad who jumped at the chance to break the human spirit.
Although J-Lo started out timidly in her rejections, she ditched that attitude fairly quickly. Fortunately, she is turning out to be an excellent judge, with heart, soul and expertise. As for Steven Tyler, he started out having difficulty with rejections as well, but he's such a professional in every way, he immediately showed that he is also an excellent judge of talent. Besides, I know exactly what he's saying when they *bleep* him. I love it! He is the quintessential *old school* rocker, which I can identify with. In my opinion, Steven Tyler will rock even long after he's gone. He has repeatedly beaten the odds in a world where most of his peers were on a path to Self-Destruct. He has endured many things and should really be regarded as somewhat of a rock 'n roll guru.
There are so many talented people that I can't even narrow it down to my one hand (5 fingers) of favorites yet, which in itself, is crazy. There are country singers, rock 'n roll singers, jazz singers, pop singers, and rappers. There is an insane amount of talent and yes, even the rapper was good (words I never thought would cross these
Having never really been a fan myself, I urge you to give American Idol a look this year. You might like what you see. I do and I'm a fan for the time being....