American Idol wrapped up another great season last night by naming the 12 male finalists and 12 female finalists for this year's contest. Technically, there are still plenty of episodes left, but for those audience members who, like me, only watch to see the train wrecks, there's pretty much nothing left to see.
The funny part is that I know the parts I watch are bullshit. It's a show. Reality? It's a staged reality. I really enjoyed this article by an AP writer (one in a real band, no less) who auditioned and showed how it really goes for the 11,980 out of 12,000 auditioners who show up in each venue and never made it to our television sets. I saw another article, but lost the link, talking about how the folks who make it onto the actual show get wardrobes, setup lines and other helpful or harmful input to make their appearances more interesting.
Death by Camera has done a MySpace trace on the best and the worst of the first episodes. Here's the link to folks from episode 1, episode 2, episode 3. He either lost interest at that point, or starting posting this crap where I can't see it. TV Squad had a good summary of the freaks and geeks from the Los Angeles auditions. BuddyTV had a nice summaries of episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, episode 4, episode 5, episode 6 and episode 7, the last city tryout show. The summary of episode 8 -- more of the best and worst auditions -- was pretty good too, somewhat less so with episode 9, from Hollywood, where the field got cut to 40.
Their summary of last night's episode 10 was as dull as the show itself, though, which is why I'm done with season six. Wake me up for the next round of train wrecks.