American Idol kicked off its 10th season in unusual fashion: it ran down the months-long speculation of who would be named the show's new judges, only to then plaster the screen with the words:
But it's not our story. It's yours!
It then spent a few more minutes telling its own story, hyping Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez as industry legends and introducing viewers to Jimmy Iovine, the chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M, and new show mentor. After a commercial break, viewers were finally treated to a few auditions.
Our favorite of the night belonged to 15-year old Kenzie Palmer:
The other star of the night was Tyler himself.
The Aerosmith singer brought energy to each audition, occasionally jumping in to sing (well, scream/howl) with contestants and delivering such unique evaluations as:
"Let her in the door, put water on the flower, 'cause I think it's gonna grow."
He wasn't sappy like Paula or mean like Simon. Tyler was simply unique and entertaining. What stood out for you on the first night of American Idol?