Shelby Meredith in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 - "Auditions 4 - Aspen" | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Shelby Meredith in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 - "Auditions 4 - Aspen" | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler
Network: Fox, Airs @ 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays
Original Telecast: Jan. 25, 2012

So here we are again for yet another round of the same ole, same ole on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, coming from lovely Aspen, for what I believe the first time in the show’s history.

First the good news, IDOL was only one hour tonight instead of the usual two. The bad news is that there was literally nothing different from the other three audition episodes other than the people singing (and for the matter, no different from the 10 other seasons during auditions).

I’ve said this for years now, but it just serves no purpose to continue to show these auditions the way they do. They could take in a two-hour episode the entire audition process and condense it into highlights – showing the good only and the various places they visited. Then, they just start the show in Hollywood Week where things get actually interesting.

Yet, year after year, we get these auditions which are meaningless to the whole show because everything that really happens goes down in Hollywood Week. Not only would this discourage the freaks, geeks and talentless people from showing up, but it would give us ample amount of time to get to know the real singers and their potential.

Anyway, as I already said, nothing really exciting happening during the Aspen auditions but here’s what stood out for me:

  • The first handful of people they showed getting a golden ticket have no chance of making it past the Hollywood round.
  • A 1950s outfit with a bull nose ring is not a good look.
  • Is Seacrest taking tips from Simon Cowell with his tight shirts?
  • Hayley Smith – one to definitely watch moving forward. She’s really got a unique take on her voice and the way she mixed up an R&B song into some hippie tune was pretty cool.
  • Just a thought: Will they mention Steven Tyler’s butchering of the National Anthem in future episodes?
  • Were the cow noises necessary during the waitress’ performance? Really?
  • I knew the sappy stories were coming … all I gotta say is Shelby better take her meds in Hollywood or things might get messy. Although you gotta think in the back of the minds of the IDOL producers they are cooking up ways to “accidently lose” the medication in order to create drama. Is that evil for me to think that? Yeah, that’s evil. Oh well, I’ll get over it.
  • Did they really give that Lady Gaga lover a ticket to Hollywood? Uh, yeah she’s making it far.
  • Well, if Magic Cyclops – with his 11,000 air guitars and five in Belgium – doesn’t have a singing career, comedy may be a natural fit. Seriously, someone give this guy a sitcom ASAP.


Click on Link: TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – SEASON 11 – “Auditions No. 7: St. Louis”
Click on Link: TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – SEASON 11 – “Auditions No. 1: Savannah” – Season Premiere  

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