American Idol '10

I like watching the early rounds of American Idol, not to laugh at crazy tryouts, but because that's when you get to see the raw talent of the singers - just a mic in Hollywood, and not even that during the first round auditions. As soon as the field narrows to the final twelve, the singers get a massive band to accompany them, along with light shows and a supportive audience. The result is an over-produced sound. Chris Daughtry has put out a lot of crappy music since his Idol days, but what I remember most are the raw, imperfect vocals of his audition.

The one that sticks out so far is Didi Benami.

Tyler Grady has a Chuck-like thing going and had a nice initial audition but they didn't show what he did in Hollywood (though he did move on).

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