In a strange way, having endured some of the nonsense that was The Voice, and The X-Factor, I have a renewed appreciation for American Idol. Although the whole idea of singing competition shows has become staler than last year's moldy bread, AI is STILL the juggernaut. They are still the queen bee, so-to-speak. Even though I'm bored with its formula, it is still the standard by which all other singing shows are measured and that all the other shows of the same genre wish they could be no matter how much they try to make themselves seem different.
I find I don't really pay much attention to the auditions anymore, as I find them to be mostly tiresome. Still, I am sure I'll still be sloshing through this season when it gets going full tilt.
Good to see Jennifer and Steven looking more a part of the show this time around. I no longer merely view them as Paula and Simon's replacements anymore.