Long-standing fans of American Idol don’t expect a home run with each and every episode, but did we really deserve the bat to the stomach that was tonight’s Los Angeles audition telecast? Over the course of an hour, we saw a sad and tawdry collection of desperate famewhores, deluded wannabes, and one possibly mentally ill maniac. If Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson could barely feign amusement with the proceedings — while raking in millions for the privilege –I’m not really sure why Nigel Lythgoe & Co. didn’t work a little harder to stop the rest of us working stiffs from flipping the channel to The Vampire Diaries or Community or The Big Bang Theory. (This isn’t even delving into the options available to the millions of us who are constantly looking for extra time to read.)
Anyhow, if you’re one of the smart folks who tuned out somewhere between”Chica Chasing Randy” and “Guy Who Claimed to Work With Chaka Khan,” feel free to come back to TVLine.com in the wee small hours for my full episode recap. And while I get going on recounting the many crimes committed against music tonight, you should feel free to hit the comments section and let out a little bit of Idol-related fury. What did you think of the L.A. shenanigans? Did anyone amuse you? Or strike you as a legitimate contender? All must be revealed!
What’s more, if you have some strong thoughts or opinions on anything you saw this week on Idol — pertaining to judges, contestants, trends or conspiracy theories — and you’d like to share them on the next episode of TVLine’s new Idol-related Web series, Idoloonies, email a paragraph or two to firstname.lastname@example.org (and be sure to include a contact phone number). We’ll be selecting a handful of readers each week to join me in cohosting the Webcast via Skype or iChat (to tape on Friday afternoon). We’ll also be choosing a Twitter Question of the Week, so don’t hesitate to fire your best shots to me @MichaelSlezakTV. Be sure to tag it #Idoloonies!