On the plus side, both of this week's "American Idol" episodes were only one hour. On the negative side, the talent was "meh" at best.
Looking back, I guess the Austin auditions, which aired Wednesday, weren't that awful. Fans remain devoted to that John Wayne cowboy dude, but I really liked Janelle Arthur. And melodica-playing Casey Abrams? Well, I agree with claims that he's dangerously close to becoming the next Taylor Hicks.
Of course, a discussion of the Austin auditions wouldn't be complete without mentioning the "power couple." TMZ suggests the whole couple thing could be a giant act. Really? I'm totally shocked.
Now, lets talk about the L.A. auditions. Three words: waste of time. In my recap, you'll find an hour's worth of the joke auditions I thought we'd abandoned this season.
Here's the (sort of) good news: An an exclusive report, Entertainment Weekly says the L.A. tryouts weren't as awful as they seemed on TV.
An EW writer sat in on the auditions and says he saw auditions much more interesting than what producers showed on Thursday's show.
The article also includes some behind-the-scenes information, like the fact that contestants don't go straight to the judges upon entering the audition room. Also, the article confirmed my suspicion that the post-golden ticket celebration footage isn't always as spontaneous as it seems.