'American Idol' features Kansas City auditions

Tonight's episode of "American Idol" showcases auditions in Kansas City, Mo. The two-hour episode starts at 8 p.m. on Fox.

The eighth season of the popular reality TV show kicked off Tuesday with auditions in Phoenix. Despite draws like a bikini-clad auditioner and a fourth judge, preliminary numbers indicate the show saw a 10 percent ratings decline over last year's first episode.

Get a recap of Tuesday's show at the "American Idol" blog at ledger-enquirer.com/blogs.

As usual, reporter Sonya Sorich will blog tonight's episode "live," so be sure to weigh in with your comments throughout the show.