I HATE American Idol in general. I do get a good laugh sometimes when watching the try-out videos for potential contestants. Damn, there are some talented singers (I'm trying get my friend to try-out next year), and some downright dogs. Even some of the American Idol winners aren't the true winners. They may've won American Idol, but not the one people follow. But, what has happened to some of them? Taylor Hicks, the most recent winner, is very talented and reminds me of some of the 'ol Motown singers like Michael McDonald, and other Soul classics. Ruben Studdard has such a soulful voice, but his Pop/R&B music drowns out some of his lyrics in some of his songs. Kelly Clarkson is good, but again, too damn Pop for my tastes. The American Idol, turned country singer Carrie Underwood is good and can sing in many genres. Clay Aiken, well, teen-bopper sex icon. Even when the poor guy turns 40, he'll still look 16. Fantasia was awesome, but what happened? Again, another talented artist gon Pop/R&B. Why is it that a show I can't stand, that shows off awesome talent, yet some of the best talent isn't truly recognized?