American Idol is back. Last night was two hours of mostly mediocre auditions, but the big news is the new judge, Kara. I thought she did a great job and has brought much needed freshness to the judges' panel. Even "Simy" seemed happy to have her. It sounds like, in addition to being a good song writer, she can sing a little too, as she did during her sing-off with bikini girl.
As far as the contestants, I liked the Ellen look-alike the best ("Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay")although the girl with the ear discs (I don't know what you call those) sounded good. (She's the one that would have to quit her band to do Idol.) I thought her dress was inconsistant with her look, but Rachel disagreed. I will defer to Rachel on that one.
I thought they should have given pink cowboy hat a pass to Hollywood. (She was the one with the songbook.) Her voice wasn't great (who's was?) but I thought she had real potential to surprise.
All-in-all, I'm happy Idol is back, but not too impressed with the competitors...yet. I do like the new judge, though.