And I hate that acrobatic, R and B, Mariah Carey, show off every note that you have got style! Not that I could pull it off if I tried, but I still think it's way too much. Over the years I have had a few (admittedly completely naive) people ask me why I don't try out for American Idol or some such thing....
I know this is off the path of my original post... but there are many things American Idol doesn't want people to know about how their show is run. It is a TV show first... and a talent show second.
They don't have enough qualified producer/talent scouts to actually listen to every single one of the hundreds-of-thousands of people who audition each year, so the very first audition is basically a luck-of-the-draw shot.
Example: In Chicago the auditions were held at Soldier field and they had maybe a dozen tents set up. Only the middle three tents actually had producers with the "golden tickets" to let good, bad, and weird selections through to see the celebrity judges. The other 9 or so tents were "thanks for auditioning, try again next year." That's why people like Jordan Sparks had to audition 4 or 5 times in different cities before she got a second audition. It's also to keep from getting the best of every city all in one swoop.
I was too old to try out, but I took my oldest daughter who had been singing in front of festival crowds and even bands from the age of 12, when she was 18. We spent the night in the stadium with many other people who were trying out and so many people were gathering in groups to sing in the round, or with an acoustic guitar, it was pretty evident how talented so many people were. I watched every single one of them go into the outer tents, do a great tryout, and was turned away. I watched people who were marginally talented get through from being in the middle tents.
The producers didn't even try to be subtle about it... the middle three tents had the stacks of yellow sheets, and the other tables had none.