Well, 2 episodes of Idol have now passed.  We saw NY/NJ auditions on night one and New Orleans, LA on Night 2.  So far, I am enjoying the new judges.  They all seem to have a good chemistry together (except for when Randy gets pissy that he is still the least popular member of the judges panel) and have fun joking around with each other.

My only complaint is that they are all a bit too nice.  Hopefully once we get into the Hollywood rounds they will buckle down a bit – or we’ll be voting on a Top 30 because they couldn’t cut it down enough to a 24 or 12!

Ratings are down a bit – but I think that last season ratings in the beginning were exceptionally high because it was Simon’s last season (Too bad the talent was mediocre at best)  It looks like they have been letting some good singers through, we’ll have to see how they all do under the pressures of Hollywood Week!

And, as always, I spotted someone I “knew” during the auditions.  This year it was Phil Bensen, who I saw open for Push Play a couple years back.  They didn’t show his audition or if he made it through so I guess I will have to keep an eye out for him in Hollywood Week.  (In the past I spotted Bryce from Stealing Jane who I saw open for Hanson twice, Will Huser (sp?) who opened for Aaron Carter, a couple of Hanson fans that I recognized from seeing them at shows, a kid that went to my high school…)

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