American Idol targets the third-grade audience with tonight’s cold open (video)

American Idol‘s cold open tonight is very somber, at least until it takes a right turn into humor that will immediately win over the nation’s kids, and adults who have juvenile senses of humor (like me). Watch:

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 37, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.