1. Do you know how many contestants on this season were, more or less, professionals? A fucking ton, that's how many. I remember last year, some people got on my beloved Mindy Doolittle's case because it was 'unfair' to let a professional backup singer be an AI contestant, but dig this: of the post-Hollywood finalists on this season, 6 had been on reality shows before (Jason Yeager, Alexandréa Lushington, David Archuleta, Joanne Borgella, Jason Castro, and Syesha Mercado) and 7 had record contracts before (Luke Menard, Robbie Carrico, David Cook, Brooke White, Carly Smithson, Kristy Lee Cook, and Michael Johns). That's more than half of the contestants. I always kinda thought it was like the Olympics -- that just anyone off the street would come in and have a chance of winning. Is Idol trying to give us a bunch of ringers, or is the culture so media-saturated that it's hard to find someone how hasn't been on TV or recorded an album?
2. Did Kristy Lee Cook's story about having to sell her favorite horse in order to afford the trip to Philadelphia for the audition ever make any sense? First of all, horses cost tens of thousands of dollars, and a three-day trip from Oregon to Pennsylvania doesn't cost anything near that much. Second, how poor can you possibly be if you already own a bunch of horses? And seriously, Brooke White, how can you be 24 years old and never have seen an R-rated movie, no matter how strict your fucking parents are?
3. Also, London, what the fuck? Boris Johnson, really? Okay, this isn't about American Idol, admittedly, but still.