American Idol junkies with no knowledge of/interest in lycra-clad warriors passing around the pigskin may have turned on their TV sets at 10/9c and wondered if the “N, F, and C” in NFC Championship Game stood for Naima (Adedapo), Fantasia (Barrino), and Carrie (Underwood). But alas, while a three-diva showdown would have been like spicy tomato soup for the reality-lover’s soul, it was the Giants-vs.49ers football game that delayed J.Lo, Steven, and Randy from making their appointed rounds in a timely fashion.
Once things did get underway, we got to see seven of the 53 Golden Ticket recipients from the San Diego auditions peppered amidst what felt like an unlimited supply of ad breaks. There was Jim Carrey’s daughter (seriously), a frat guy who rocked a plaid shirt reminiscent of Kris Allen’s “Remember the Time” garment, a contestant sent by the Ghost of One-Time Judge Ellen Degeneres, and not one but two awkward moments involving Ryan Seacrest and another man’s lips. All in all, not Idol’s most memorable hour, but at least Uncle Nigel continued the Season 11 trend of cutting back on overt cruelty/irritating pranksters.
Anyhow, while I work on a full episode recap that will post Monday morning here at TVLine, I’ll turn things over to you: Who was your favorite from the San Diego auditions? Sound off in the comments section, and for all my Idol news, interviews, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!