Glad to see there was quite a bit more talent this year.
I enjoyed the gal ( waitress? ) who did the Kara song. However, I do hope she has more of a range in her repertoire. Otherwise, I think she could start to become an Alanis Morrissette for me; unique, but kind of grating after a while. Really enjoyed the one who did Natural Woman.
While I do think the guy did a very cool cover of Paula's Straight Up, I just don't see him becoming the next American Idol.
I wasn't excited by the Ellen addition. She looked bored and / or angry most of the time I watched. The whole judging dynamic, or lack thereof, just isn't working for me. Hopefully, it will improve.