by Mischalova at . Comments

The new season of American Idol is less than 24 hours old. So how can there already be controversy over the results?

Here's why: the singer considered to be most impressive last night, Kristy Lee Cook, was under contract with record company Arista Nashville in 2001, and even inked a deal as the debut artist in Britney Spears' (now defunct) production company.

This raises an interesting question, in regard to American Idol: Is the show reserved solely for amateurs, those whose singing background extends no further than the local karaoke bar?

Or is it acceptable for Cook and others with a professional history to try out?

At the age of 17, Kristy Lee Cook signed a recording contract. Should this disqualify her from American Idol?

In a bit of an American Idol spoiler, this debate may heat up when Carly Hennessy moves on to Hollywood.

The Irish singer - who producer Nigel Lythgow has gone on record as picking to win this season - was given a $2.2 million marketing and production budget from MCA Records in 2005. But her album went on to sell a total of 378 copies.

Last year, Melinda Doolittle was an example of someone with a professional resume, as a backup singer, who made it all the way to the final three. She eventually lost, of course, to a pair unknowns: Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks.

by Mischalova at . Comments

We all know the initial few episodes of American Idol typically provide us with more flops than favorites.

Take Paul Martarano last night, for example, who wrote an unnamed love song for Paula Abdul that went something like this: I broke into her house when she wasn't there/Took off all my clothes and tried on her underwear...

Still, a few singers did stand out from the Philadelphia round of auditions. Here are a few names of contestants headed for Hollywood. You never know, one of these might become the next Carrie Underwood...

  • Kristy Lee Cook (pictured)
  • Junot Joyner
  • Angela Martin (whose daughter was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome)
  • Chris Watson (whose lost over 200 pounds; this is the Mike Huckabee of the group)
  • Melanie Nyema
  • Jose Candelaria

Here's a video of Joyner's audition. Take a look at the wink he receives from Simon Cowell at the end. We wonder what that means:

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