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American Idol Season 10 Premiere: Watering the Flower, Letting It Grow

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American Idol may have kicked off season 10 by telling viewers "it's not our story, it's yours" (while spending its entire first block recounting its game of musical judging chairs), but let's be honest:

Everyone who tuned in to last night's premiere was focused on Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Would they make us forget the trainwreck that was Kara, or miss the hilarious honesty of Simon?

After two hours of evaluating contestants from New Jersey, the results were mostly positive.

Lopez needs to be develop her backbone a bit (she actually switched her vote once after a girl started crying), but Tyler is already the panel's star.

He jumped in occasionally and wailed along with singers, while offering up such nuggets as "Let her in the door, put water on the flower, 'cause I think it's gonna grow;" and, in response to a hopeful showing off stars on her nipples, "What's with the jujubes on your oo-oo-bes?"

We might never hear from any of the Golden Ticket recipient again, but the best audition of the night belonged to 15-year old Kenzie Palmer. She made me happy the show has lowered its age limit.

What did everyone else think of Tyler and J. Lo?

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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (34 Votes)

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I was pleasantly surprised. I never expected Steven Tyler to be as funny as he was. I'm looking forward to watching him the rest of the season. Once Jennifer stopped fooling with her hair every few minutes she too was a pleasant surprise. She's definitely the new Paula only without the dramatics and incoherence. Randy as usual was a jerk when he laughed during a performance. That's so cruel and I don't know why the producers allow it. It's not acceptable to laugh in someone's face when they're pouring out their heart and soul onstage no matter how awful they may be. Laugh after they've left but not while they're still there. Cruelty in its worse form. All in all I think this will be an interesting season. I'm looking forward to seeing how it unfolds.

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I enjoyed the show. Refreshing with new judges. We weren't comparing anyone to Simon sitting there. They will come into their own. Looked like they were having fun and not being cruel. Randy reminds me of one of the kids from High School who is cruel when he laughs right in front of the kids trying out.
Ellen looked scared and didn't want to hurt their feelings. Cara, we always felt had to prove herself. She is talented in her own right and no one recognized that. Simon loved being mean to the lambs that were his prey. I ENJOYED THE SHOW. So did others. Good Luck AMERICAN IDOL.

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I wasn't impressed with Jennifer at all. It looks like she will be sending a lot of untalented people ahead because she can't say no! Steven Tyler was great! I didn't think they should have said anything about the young waitresses outfit though, I thought that was incredibly rude, not all people can afford the life style that celebrities can and they should remember that! I thought the contestant was embarassed for no reason. I noticed they didn't choose to say anything rude about the girl with the stars on her breasts and she certainly wasn't dressed the way a contestant should be!