By Michael Slezak
January 13, 2009 at 07:19 PM EST

Good thing American Idol returns for its eighth-season premiere tonight. A few of us Idoloonies at EW HQ (namely, Kristen Baldwin and me) have taken to sharpening our Idol-critiquing knives in a way that could be construed as vaguely unprofessional (see video below). So bring on the wannabe chart-toppers — as well as Paula, Simon, Randy, Kara, and Ryan — before Ausiello is driven to colleaguecide. Oh, and for the record, my excitement level is at a 10. But you probably already knew that.

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