American Idol: Why Replacing Silly Auditions With Serious Talent Has Saved the Show

After the Season 12 feud to end all feuds between dueling divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, all signs pointed to American Idol coming to a pitiful end. But the producers refused to back down (this show is still an advertising cash cow, after all). Despite the failing ratings and general lack of interest, Idol powered on to Season 13 and, believe it or not, we're happy that's the case! So many things have given this season a fresh feel, including the oh-so-adorbs Harry Connick, Jr. Let's...


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