“Whatever you’ve got, you know you’ve got it, right?” Steven Tyler asked a group of wide-eyed hopefuls awaiting their turn at American Idol‘s Season 11 St. Louis auditions. “You watch Idol. So come out and go, ‘Booyah’!”
And interestingly enough, Uncle Nigel & Co. seemed to heed the Aerosmith frontman’s advice. The telecast kicked off with some footage of Season 4 champ Carrie Underwood beginning a road trip to St. Louis for her own Idol tryout back in the day — a stark reminder that the granddaddy of reality competition series has one clear edge over its competitors: A proven track record in churning out successful radio artists.
That said, if Team Idol was indeed using every weapon in its arsenal, how come we only saw five Golden Ticket recipients from the 46 St. Louis singers who made the cut? Sure, that weekend wedding singer packed a brassy-knuckled punch, the Italian restaurant waiter was Commercial with a Capital C, and the kid who used music to overcome bullying was magically mellifluous, but surely the show’s editors could’ve cut five minutes of padding to give us 30-second snippets of 10 additional good singers, no?
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 St. Louis auditions? Sound off in the comments section, and for all my Idol news, interviews, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!