American Idol Spoilers: Avoid or Embrace?

I was never that kid who tried to sneak a look at his presents before Christmas morning, so I guess it’s no surprise that when it comes to American Idol spoilers, I’m the grown man with his eyes clamped shut and his fingers in his ears, belting “This Is My Now” at the top of his lungs. How else to drown out the widespread reports (easily accessible at JoesPlaceBlog, MJsBigBlog, and other Idol-obsessed sites) about which season 10 Golden Ticket holders have impressed the judges in the already taped middle rounds and reportedly advanced to this year’s Top 40?

I know my stance is positively old-school, perhaps even a tad Pollyanna-ish, especially for someone who works at a brand-new site that’s turning the TV spoiler into an art form. But while we are indeed living in an era where it’s unavoidable to get advance word about casting and plot developments on our favorite scripted dramas, I still think of reality TV competition as the one genre where ignorance remains bliss.

To that end, I regard every step of the Idol discovery process as something to be savored. Watching a David Cook or a Melinda Doolittle walk into an audition room and wondering: Can they actually sing? Gritting my teeth through Hollywood Week and the Green Mile, praying my early favorites will soar, not self-destruct. Why would I want to kill that delicious suspense before the season even begins? Sure, not reading spoilers opens me up to the white-hot rage of seeing a Leneshe Young or a Deanna Brown get booted without warning or explanation, but it’s all part of the process.

Maybe that’s just me, though. I’m curious how you feel about American Idol spoilers. Do you put on your virtual blindfold and ear muffs every January in an effort to dodge unwanted Idol news leaks? Or do you actively seek out advance word about which wide-eyed hopefuls are destined to reach the voting portion of the competition? Regardless of which side of the spoiler debate you’re on, share your stance — and your reasoning — in the comments below! And for all my Idol recaps, news, and commentary, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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