Good things come to those who wait (for 11 seasons). Indeed, it might finally be time to put an end to the annual kvetching by the Idoloonie nation that American Idol‘s audition rounds deliver too many jokesters, deludeds, and all-purpose waking nightmares — and not enough truly talented vocalists.
In the course of Wednesday night’s season premiere, we were treated to the sweet sounds of 16 Golden Ticket recipients — quite possibly a record for a two-hour episode. There was a supremely divalicious songbird who came with her own patented dance (is America ready for that jelly?); an acoustic cutie whose “Thriller” was a 1,000-lb. anvil obliterating any wistful longing for Andrew Garcia’s “Straight Up”; a sweet, soulful soul with a “lives in a tent” backstory that managed to touch even this hardened Idol cynic; a brother-sister duo that prompted the show’s producers to scrape the editing room floor for any signs of sibling rivalry; and a kid who allegedly/fairly recently wiped the floor with Season 10 champ Scotty McCreery in a local singing competition.
While I work on a full episode recap that will post Thursday morning here at TVLine, I’ll turn things over to you: Who was your favorite from the Savannah auditions? Sound off in the comments section, and for all my Idol news, interviews, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!