American Idol - Whoa! Boundaries!

They have these cool things of Adam and Kris that they filmed at their auditions last summer, standing in the blue boxes and saying meaningless things -- "I'm one of a billion or whatever," "I have these dreams and whatever" -- and it's cool because forethought is always cool, but how crazy is it to think of the thousands of those hopeful little clips in a box somewhere, down to just these two? Which I guess is the point, but man.

I'm really curious about how they're going to position this. Last year was easy, because they were both Davids and they actually were very different, but this week they just seem like a couple of affable, talented dudes. In the opening Adam's all lit with devilish red light and Kris with heavenly blue, but I don't think it's going to go that way. I think the election and the last horrible eight years are still too much with us, so it's natural to think it's going to be about normal vs. not normal anymore. That whole Red State/Blue State thing seems really obsolete at this point. The only people still yelling about it are the stupider conservatives who think you can actually describe a person in those terms, but I don't mind them, because they've been buying that one for so long it would be impossible to explain at this point.

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