Believe it or not, I had successfully resisted succumbing to American Idol addiction, until last season when, for the first time, I let my daughter talk me into watching it. That was a BIG mistake because, heaven help me, I'm hooked!
In my own defense, I suppose I should explain that I recorded all of last season's episodes, which allowed me to fast forward through Sanjaya's more egregious performances and some of the other dreck, too. Still, shame on me.
I hate, hate, hate the reality TV genre but AI isn't that, exactly. Instead it's an admixture of delusional but weirdly funny contestants who can't sing a lick and remarkably talented young performers who can REALLY sing. I also (usually) enjoy Simon Cowell's eye-wateringly snarky comments to the contestants. In fact his, I didn't hate it, crack has become a part of my vocabulary.