My wife and I watched American Idol during its first season when Kelly Clarkson won, and, just like everybody else, we were amazed. Since that time, we drifted away from the show, only occasionally peeking in to see what was happening.
However, last season we started watching again about mid-way through the semi-finals, and we were very pleased with the results. So it was that we decided to watch Season 9, with high expectations. However, as we've been watching Season 9, we're realizing more and more that last season was Something Special. Week after week, we keep wondering why we haven't seen the likes of Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen (we recognize that Adam Lambert was one of a kind). Looking back, even my least favorite of the top four, Danny Gokey, still seemed to perform better than nearly all of the people we see during this season.
So, we're kind of bored. We are invested, though, and still have hopes that it will work out, but we don't have any illusions that the cream of the crop this season are really nothing special compared to last season. Unless somebody does something great sometime soon, we may find ourselves drifting away again ...
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