10,000 show up for Idol auditions in LA but “it doesn’t look like a very talented bunch”

Yesterday in LA, 10,000 people got in line to audition for American Idol 6. But executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told USA TODAY that “it doesn’t look like a very talented bunch.”

Still, he says they’ll probably make good TV, as “[t]he arrogance is still here after all these seasons. Our bar goes up every single year. (That) is a problem for them.”

The AP reports that most of the about 10,000 hopeful idols each “got less than a minute to sing a few bars — and then the boot.” They auditioned in front of producers, and only those who make it through another round will be make it in front of the judges

Both USA TODAY and The Los Angeles Times talked to and surveyed the crowd, and the stories are unquestionably familiar.

Hope springs eternal at ‘Idol’ auditions [AP]
The word from Nigel Lythgoe [USA TODAY]
Starry-Eyed Thousands Turn Out for Season 6 Tryouts [Los Angeles Times]