But should we be subjected to this ritual every season? Or are the auditions something that should be done away with by the producers? Do we need to see William Hung on the way to Katharine McPhee? Do these early rounds even serve a purpose, or are they integral part of the show's fabric?
It's become the subject of much debate around here, and in our first Face-Off, our panelists explore the issue.
To read our pro-con breakdown of the auditions, click here. Then leave us a comment afterward, letting us know who won - or how you feel about the auditions in general.
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