Yes indeed, the malevolent, cauldron-stirring bruja of Season 10 took the first step toward redeeming herself this week when she responded to an American Idol auditioner’s comment that Randy was the panelist he loved most of all. “He’s not your favorite judge — don’t lie!” blurted J.Lo, almost as if she hadn’t realized (or maybe didn’t care) how dismissive/egotistical her sound bite really was. Now that’s the kind of honesty you want to see at a reality-competition judges’ table!
Alas, what we didn’t get to see was many of the 54 Golden Ticket recipients from the Houston tryouts. Only six successful auditioners, in fact, made it past the editing-room floor, including a chick with a deer head on her bedroom wall, a guy who overcame being born without ears, the girl with the rose-chest tattoo, a college student who did right by Adele, a woman who got a “no” vote from J.Lo, and Season 6 Hollywood Week flameout Baylie Brown.
Anyhow, while I work on a full episode recap that will post Friday morning here at TVLine, I’ll turn things over to you: Who was your favorite from the Houston auditions? Sound off in the comments section, and for all my Idol news, interviews, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!