I was moved by the level of talent exuded from from extremely young new artists, and I am enjoying the chemistry of the judges. What's not to like about Jennifer Lopez, right? Kristi thinks I like her only because she's beautiful. But I think that's way off track - I think it's more about the fact that she's really pretty, and so then listening am can I do okay.
Steven Tyler is not pretty or beautiful to me, but he's human and sensible in an surprising down-to-earth way.
I still think that they are passing through way too many average vocalists, and so it makes me wonder how much time they're going to spend in Hollywood - because there are way too many (that they're showing) who are getting through who wouldn't have in years past.
They are hitting home runs with the poignant and moving and emotional contestants on American Idol. Chris Medina's story was almost too much too bear. You can read more about it here, particularly how some cynics are blogging that the tragic story has overshadowed his mediocre audition, but I don't think so. Especially considering my earlier note regarding the passing through of average vocalists - they have at least been consistent in this, even if it's different than in previous years...
Chris has been telling his story through song for a while now. Check out his song he posted on the day he was supposed to marry his fiance. Pretty powerful.