Every year I tell myself that this year I will not fall prey to the evil empire of American Idol. Every year I am wrong. Last night was the season premiere and even with a new judge it was the same old song and dance. The audition rounds are honestly my least favorite episodes, focusing, as they do, on the awful, the deranged, and the misguided, all of them hand-picked for humiliation, while we only get to see a few of the "good" auditions. A bunch of people (27?) got tickets to Hollywood and we will never see them. As for the ones we did see, I'm fairly certain that none of them will be in the finale, but you never know.
Oh, now this is interesting! Danny Noriega is back! And he has blue eyes now! Oh, wait. That isn't Danny at all. It's a horror movie-making 17-year-old from Detroit named Cody Sheldon. He's just like Danny Noriega except 45% less gay. I'm betting that this is the last we see of him. But again, you never know.