It happens every year. I spend a month doing my best to hide from the "American Idol" auditions, swearing I won't be sucked in this time around ... and then I find myself scheduling my evenings around the performance episodes. I get unreasonably attached to contestants, check the stats on Dial Idol, and start to feel like choosing the next great American Idol is somehow my responsibility.
So for me, tonight is game time. The top 12 male singers will perform for the first time, followed Wednesday by the top 12 women. On Thursday, we'll find out which of the real "Idol" hopefuls will be the first to go. If you, like me, are into uneducated snap judgments, be sure to fill out our handy "American Idol" ballot. And to see who Pop and I think will make the final dozen,