American Idol Is Back

The freak show is back in town!

The first few weeks of American Idol may just be the best part of the season. In fact, some people just watch the auditions part of the series. The freaks are on parade... All these talentless people come out in front of the judges -- which, this week, included the folk singer Jewel as well -- and sing all the songs they've been practicing so hard in the shower for their entire lives.

Now and then there's a gem in there... There were a few last night during the Minneapolis auditions, like the Army reserve chick who showed up in her fatigues. She had a pretty good voice... though I must say I was wondering if she wore her uniform just to work the military angle. I know -- I'm so cynical. But do the nurses come in their little white outfits... How about the McDonalds employees auditioning. Do they come with golden arches emblazoned on their shirts?

So Idol is back and I'm glad. If for nothing else, I get to see Paula act all crazy. (Sure you aren't drinking, hon?) Simon is such a crankpot that he's lovable. (He's one of my strange crushes.) And where would we be without Randy and the dawg pound and Ryan the prima donna? Woof woof.

Anyway, last year the American Idol recaps posted right here by my friend Julia were so popular that she's been tapped to write them for TV Cocktail. She just posted her first one, so check it out. Enjoy!


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