In what is, without a doubt, the most anticipated season premiere of a show since we got to find out what was in that Hatch on "Lost", "American Idol" returned last night with two brand new judges and no more of the man who made the show a television landmark – Simon Cowell.
And the question everyone’s been asking: How’s it going to be without that snarky Brit? Last night, we finally got the first part of a season-long answer. And y’know what? So far, so good.
There’s certainly a different tone to this season’s first audition episode. Gone is the goal of eviscerating those who cannot sing, and front-and-center is the joy of watching a contestant blow away the judges – clearly Susan Boyle has had an impact on the revamp of this show. So much so, that an hour on, I can't even recall one of the bad performers.
With this new judges panel, that’s certainly the best choice. Nobody wants to play the villain role here. Instead, each judge simply seems happy to be there. Randy because he managed to keep his job, J-Lo because she’s taking her job of shepherding talent as something of a divine right, and Steven because he has the potential to be a slightly more lucid Paula. With this crew, negative just wasn’t going to seem right. Read More...