The first week of American Idol has come to a close. The New Jersey and New Orleans auditions are behind us now.
Personally, I was not going to watch any more but decided, to be fair, I should at least give the new panel a chance. Never did much care for Randy. Loved Paula and Simon. Kara (disliked) and Ellen, who is funny and I enjoy her show, was not really suited for AI by her own admission.
When they announced Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez I was more than a little upset. Based on who they could have considered I felt maybe this was not such a good idea. Really wanted Harry Connick, Jr. but he evidently had too many commitments to be a judge.
I must say I was surprised by Steven Tyler. I think he is funny, has a good eye for talent and is very respectful of the contestants, even the bad ones. People seem to love him or hate him. I did see more positive comments from people than negative ones.
Jennifer Lopez needs to say no more. Otherwise, I think she will be fine. I am hoping she gets tougher as the season moves along. I think people are more evenly divided on whether they like her or not than Steven Tyler.
Some good talent so far. Looking forward to the rest of the auditions. 350 people made it to Hollywood from what I read. Largest group ever. In the end, they still have to get down to 20 (new this year) so as long as AI foots the bill, who cares.