Beiber is huge. My son who just turned 8 was building a Lego set when they showed the clip of that kid singing, he looks up and says "Justin Beiber" rolls his eyes and goes back to playing. So even he knows who the guy is "all the girls in school think he's awesome" but has the good taste to think the guy is "lame". LOL
I don't blame Idol for trying to cash in on that market, kids have more discretionary income and are more willing to spend it on music than adults are.
I don't agree with the plain vanilla comment, different strokes for different folks but I've rather liked the last few winners *shrugs*.
I've yet to see anybody who is making me hop up and down in my seat and declare that they are my chosen one. There are a few who have caught my attention but I've been at this game since season 1 and I know better than to get too vested in any of these kids from the auditions since the majority of them will never be seen or heard again.
I'm just enjoying the judges, I've been saying on here from the moment they announced who the judges were how much I like Steven and Jennifer, so I'm happy to see that they are melding so nicely together. Seeing how much they are loving what they are doing and hearing both Steven and Jennifer telling Randy that there is no need to be mean to the kids makes me fall in love with this show all over again.
I can't remember the last time I've gotten so much joy out of this show! Simon and then Simon/Kara sucked every ounce of joy out of the show and I was ready to write it off....Simon....you are not missed in my house.