American Idol is back and in rare form — having blown us away with its premiere episode last night, January 15, thanks to a combination of mighty talent from the singing hopefuls and fun chemistry between the judges.
(Never mind those ratings — those of us who actually tuned in enjoyed the two-hour debut episode, anyway!)
And tonight promises to be another great night on the show, as the auditions continue in Austin and move on to San Francisco. We're seeing more exuberance, more tears, more wackiness, and more Harry Connick Jr. charm.
8:03 p.m. ET: We're rejoining auditions in Austin, Texas — where we left off last night. Jennifer, what is up with that cropped denim top?
8:05 p.m. ET: We disagree with Jen on her fashion choices but totally agree on Jesse Roach — we really like her! She looks like Katy Perry, and she has a good story.
8:14 p.m. ET: Why would they do this to us and split up a brother and sister?!
8:16 p.m. ET: Megan Miller, we like you! A lot! Don't worry, when the judges start giving you a lot of feedback (even if it's not all good), that means you're either really talented or you're a miserable singer. And in this case, you're going to Hollywood!
8:18 p.m. ET: Is this girl for real? Air high five? Getting pitch from her phone?
8:20 p.m. ET: OMG, Spencer Lloyd. You. Are. Adorable. As Harry said, you can totally walk around with that guitar and it'll work for you — no singing involved.
8:29 p.m. ET: Rick Rowling is absolutely ridiculous. As if his jokes weren't bad enough, his jorts really sealed the deal.
8:39 p.m. ET: How cool that Nikki McKibbin came back with her son! And he's not bad at all. Couldn't look more different from his mom and her style, though.
8:41 p.m. ET: Aaaand he made it through! And he's only 15! We love it. Maybe he'll place third like his mom did! Or better — that's an option, too.
8:49 p.m. ET: We can't handle this cowboy dude. Worst audition so far? Definitely. Maybe your ex-girlfriend had a point when she said you couldn't sing...
9:02 p.m. ET: You know how the judges were talking about when potential contestants come in and they have voices that don't match the way they look? Rachel Rolleri is one of them — and we love her!
9:06 p.m. ET: Remi Wolf totally has this Lorde thing going on. Is the world ready for another Lorde?
9:07 p.m. ET: "Don't start crying, because then I'll cry, and I'll have to fix my makeup." "Or someone will." Keith Urban's got jokes!
9:16 p.m. ET: Caitlin Johnson, there is no way you are really fifteen. This isn't fair. We did not look like this at fifteen. At fifteen, we were braiding our hair and copying Lizzie McGuire's outfits.
9:32 p.m. ET: What is with the sibling drama tonight? You cannot keep upsetting us this way. So who's going to Hollywood? Sierra or Selena? UGH, stop it, strategically placed commercial breaks!
9:40 p.m. ET: Selena's in, and Sierra's out. And Selena's the one crying because her sister didn't get it. So sweet!
9:50 p.m. ET: Is he really singing about the Golden Ticket right now as his audition song?
9:52 p.m. ET: J.Lo, you can hide behind that paper all you want. We all know you're laughing!
9:57 p.m. ET: The sound therapist is going to Hollywood. So, you know, if it doesn't work out, maybe he can stick around to provide therapy to the rest of the contestants?
10:00 p.m. ET: We're all done for tonight (and this week), but Idol's just getting started. 79 Golden Tickets have been given out so far — who's next?