Idology Series Premiere: White (Guy) Power, Anti-Education Vibes and Fewer Sob Stories (!)

Week 1 of American Idol‘s 11th Season was chock full of talent, but if you’re laying early bets on who’s going to be the last contestant standing, one Golden Ticket recipient fits the mold that’s been hammered out over the last four seasons: Phillip Phillips, who like prior champs David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, and Scotty McCreery, just so happens to be a caucasian gentleman in possession of a guitar.

Still, is it fair to lump David, Kris, Lee, and Scotty in the same category? And even if you’d answer “yes” to that question, does that mean Phillip isn’t a worthy contender? For the season premiere of Idology (aka The Artist Formerly Known as Idoloonies), Idol‘s Season 6 standout Melinda Doolittle and I sit down to discuss this conundrum in depth, applaud the reduced number of “point and jeer” auditions, and weigh in on the treatment of a certain NBA dancer and her enviable abs. (Spoiler alert: One of us admits to siding with Team J.Lo.) Not only that, Melinda and I give our picks for Best Auditions of the Week — hint: one of ’em come groovin’ up slowly — debate which Hollywood-bound contestants shouldn’t be quitting their day jobs, and offer a very stern warning to the Idol styling team regarding a certain sexy contestant. (“Put down the wax and back away from the plaid!”)

So check out Idology below — keep in mind Melinda and I only cover the Wednesday-Thursday shows, as we taped prior to Sunday’s special edition — and for all my Idol news, interviews, and recaps, do follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!