It’s been a banner month for Wisconsin. First, the state’s beloved Green Bay Packers make the epic march to Super Bowl XLV, and then American Idol goes and airs an audition episode from Milwaukee featuring at least (and perhaps more than) a half-dozen singers with the potential to march all the way to the season 10 finale: The country kid with the deeeeeep voice. The Summer Fest janitor. The White House intern. The guy whose female relative got a hilarious charlie horse. The CPA who scored a “disturbingly great” critique from Steven Tyler. The student teacher J.Lo said was her favorite to date. The starstruck Aerosmith fan who got all bashful attempting “Dream On.” And even the guy with the heartbreaking back story that was inelegantly extracted by our otherwise quite excellent judges. I’m excited to see what each and every one of ’em brings to Hollywood Week. (Especially that White House intern!)
Were you equally excited by the Milwaukee auditions? Who was your favorite hopeful? How would you rate the judges tonight? While I hunker down to write my full episode recap — look for it to post overnight right here at TVLine.com — I’m hoping you’ll head down to the comments section and sound off.
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