by pat howard

IDOL VIRGIN | Hollywood Week, part one

In Idol Virgin on February 9, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Hollywood: where dreams go to die.

Ellen DeGeneres brought jokes to the judges’ table, but the laughter was pulled under in a tsunami of tears from the rejected. I thought we already punted the subpar; I could not have been more wrong.

I can’t shake the sense that these preliminary rounds are being presented as hourlong highlight packages. There’s a shorthand to reality editing after several seasons, which favors veteran viewers over newbies. It never bothered me until I found myself in the latter group.

At this stage I’m still scared to get attached to anyone…trying to save the heartbreak for Top 24 at the earliest. Still can’t shake this urge to fly through these early episode, as if the action is out there, waiting. That said, the strong performances tonight suggest there are at least two dozen serious possibilities.

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