American Idol American Idol

Though this category is usually for shows that have an unexpected musical-themed episode (Buffy) or a character who bursts into song (everyone on Ally McBeal), it can also apply to shows themed around singing (American Idol, Gone Country, etc.). This year begs a discussion about "the new and improved" American Idol, complete with newbie fourth judge Kara DioGuardi. Do you think the mellower format of the audition shows (there's a much more balanced mix of good vs. bad auditions) and the new judge help Idol, or hurt it? Don't drama and controversy sell?