'American Idol' returns: Rate your excitement on a scale of 1 to 10!

Good thing American Idol returns for its eighth-season premiere tonight. A few of us Idoloonies at EW HQ (namely, Kristen Baldwin and me) have taken to sharpening our Idol-critiquing knives in a way that could be construed as vaguely unprofessional (see video below). So bring on the wannabe chart-toppers — as well as Paula, Simon, Randy, Kara, and Ryan — before Ausiello is driven to colleaguecide. Oh, and for the record, my excitement level is at a 10. But you probably already knew that.

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  • meg

    How is it that Priviledged, American Idol, and The Mentalist all coincide? My life is so hard.

  • John

    I’d say my excitement for the return of Idol is about an 8. My excitement for the return of IDOLATRY…a 10!
    Love the short hair, Kristin.

  • Kate

    I would say a -50 on the excitment scale. I can’t beleive this crap is still on TV, but that is just my opinion!

  • jake

    my excitment level is a 1 at best

  • Kristen

    I am way more excited about Idolatry than American Idol. OOH! And the recaps!! Ahh, my Wednesday and Thursday mornings will be packed with EW for the next few months!

  • Jp

    Excitement level: 1.

  • tinytvfan

    Excitement for Idol: 7
    Excitement for Idolatry: 11!!
    Can’t wait. Love ya, Michael!

  • Elizabeth

    I’m about a 7 – for Idolatry, I’m a 10+

  • Snarf

    Do you accept fractions?

  • Winona

    My excitement level right now? It’s at a 2. My excitement level in three weeks when Idol goes from a freak-fest to an actual singing competition? It’s at 11, of course. I will not be watching until Hollywood Week.

  • david

    Still on the fence about the new judge, but excitement level is a solid 10.

  • chop

    So happy to be getting my weekly Slezak fix on Idolatry! Idol itself cannot compare.

  • Richard

    -99999999999999999999999999999999999. I CANNOT STAND THIS SHOW. TAKE IT AWAY

  • Marie

    Who cares?? Its the SAME show EVERY season. There will be a front runner, a cute guy that cant sing but wont get voted off, an ugly guy that can sing and will finish third. Simon will be the only real judge of anyone and Paula will cry every five seconds. Like….who cares?

  • Vicky

    1. I hate American Idol season…

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