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'American Idol' premiere: What did you think?

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Hello, Idol addicts! I feel like my innards are currently residing atop my epidermis. Sick? Yes. But I’m so psyched to be back on the American Idol train, writing about my very most favorite show (and its very good new judge, Kara DioGuardi) that it almost physically hurts. Okay, so tonight’s season premiere was a little short on future Kelly Clarksons, but I was definitely craving a second verse of Southern gal Deanna Brown’s rendition of “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” — she can go directly to the semifinals, without interacting with Ryan, and without collecting $200 — and it seemed like the producers have lost their fascination with playing “kick-the-emotionally-damaged-child-in-the-schoolyard.” In other words, not the greatest audition episode of all time, but a promising start to season 8. Weigh in with your own thoughts below, then check back around 6 a.m. for my full TV Watch/episode recap (update: It’s live!). It’s been more than seven months since the last one, so you know I’m gonna be wordy!

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