Originally Posted by caernavon
Maybe it gets a little less amusing once you've seen your millionth bad singer who thinks she's the next Billy Holliday.
From what I've read (publications often send writers as contestants to spy on the process), a lot of the auditions are kind of dull. They hear a lot of so-so singers who are not bad but not really good (yet). Believe it or not, Simon, Paula, Randy and the guest judge (if there is one) are usually pretty polite to these contestants. They turn them down but still give them some encouragement and advice, especially if they're good looking, seem sincere and are genuinely interested in becoming a better singer.
Of course we don't get to see those auditions because they're not entertaining. We only get to see the really good singers or the freaks. I think the judges go nuts over these because they break the monotony of hearing hours and hours of average singing.