The American Idol season 10 train pulled into Nashville tonight, and found a dental assistant imitating a grating child’s toy fueled by dying batteries, a beauty pageant blinding two out of three judges with her glistening smile, and a 15-year-old girl attempting to show us why producer Nigel Lythgoe has been pimping her before she even got a second of airtime. Will any of them be this year’s answer to Lee DeWyze, or even Paige Miles? Only time will tell, although for my money, best of the night was the small scruffy dude who auditioned alongside his ex-girlfriend. “What’s goin’ on?” he asked. Dude, you’ve got it goin’ on, that’s who!
Anyhow, that’s enough yapping from me for the moment. I’ve got an entire episode recap to write, so I’m gonna get typing (and you can look for it in the morning right here at TVLine.com). Did you enjoy the Nashville auditions? Who was your favorite hopeful? And who didn’t deserve a Golden Ticket but got one anyway? Head down to the comments section and sound off.
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