I have been watching American Idol in chunks when I get in the mood. None of the contestants are very great this year and I too hope the show will get canned after Simon leaves. It's just not very inspired anymore. Big Mike is just okay and he's like a repeat of Ruben (look how far he went). Crystal is kinda good but she seems to be too folksy and that will never fly in the mainstream. Lee is either great or terrible, but he's not very interesting as a human being. Vocally he's a lot like Danny from last season. Casey is a bluesy rocker with an okay voice. Nothing to write home about, but he could go on to make some okay music if he comes across something catchy to release.
What I mean is, I'm not sitting in front of my tv with whenever it comes on holding my breath waiting to see what's going to happen. I don't vote. I dvr it and occasionally watch whatever I've got. So yeah, over the course of the season I see it all. It's not hard to remember what I've seen on tv in the past couple months. My brain does work. I didn't have to memorize anything to have an opinion. Anyway, Mike got voted off last night.