We started last night with something like 175 people. We ended with 99. Next week, we’ll be bringing it down to 36 and then 24. The following week, if I’m guessing right, is when the fun really begins.
The twins who we know already are destined to be booted out are, indeed, annoying. It’s going to be fun to see those two egos kicked out of the competition.
The other twins, though — I would have put the first through and sunk the second.
It’s nice that they let Laryngitis Girl go through, but this should be the only free ride she gets. It’s unfortunate to get sick at this point, but you’ve got to sing to win. (Did you hear that, Michele Kwan? Sadly, the Olympics people didn’t feel the same way. But I digress. . .)
The young cowboy kid is cute, but I don’t think he’ll make the next cut. It’s like listening to a Munchkin sing.
Crazy Dave returned and really ticked me off. There was a Meat Loaf song the contestants could choose to sing, and he was the only one we got to see sing it. Dagnabit! I would have loved to see someone good try “Bat Out Of Hell.” But Dave is gone now. He was funny for a short time, but Simon had the honor — and took particular glee — in showing him the door.
Many of the usual suspects of Best Auditions made it through, so don’t get too worried. One or two crashed and burnt, but that’s just the beginning of a long season. Stay tuned.
If you’re looking for bonus reading material this morning, I heartily recommend Foxes on Idol’s interview with producer Ken Warwick. It covers everything from the Austin/San Francisco auditions to the twins who are about to be no more to GLAAD’s interference, and more. All the hot buttons are discussed. Great interview.