I watched the episode last night which was apparently a rerun, but it looked like it was going into another hour. The first hour only covered about four performances, and I couldn't sit through another hour.
I like that Derek and Austin came out first. I think the producers prudently suspected the audience wouldn't be hanging around for two hours and had the best come up first. I like the second girl's voice, very pretty, she has a better voice than Catherine McPhee! The first girl, the youngest (19-year-old) doesn't look good for the part at all. Too coldly ambitious.
There was another guy that the judges are raving who had the best voice among the males. I don't see (hear) it. He's the one who least looks the part. I thought the guy he competed with (came on before him) demonstrated more range and better voice. However I didn't care for the Elvis Presley moves (of the competing guy--from what I recall--I may have the wrong guy here) and neither of them had an interesting act.
Anyway, the performances are getting tedious because they don't do anything that's really showstopping. There's no choreography to speak of--just hanging off the railing and singing. If this is to be distinguished from American Idol in which contestents just sing, there should be more eye-popping performances with the dancing. In theory, that would be hard to do for twelve contestents every week (I know they get whittled down, but still).
After watching it for a while, I've concluded this was a lousy idea because it's too much work to do right. And it does wear down an audience. Also, one does not get as personally involved with the contestents as one does on American Idol. Most of them are still a bunch of nameless faces.
And big surprise that they brought the emotional waitress back. It seems rather coldly caculated, because they gave her so much facetime in the beginning, only to kick her out prematurely, only to choose to bring her back. Yeah, big surprise.