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Do Contestants With Experience Ruin American Idol?

We're only two cities in to the seventh season of American Idol and, as if on cue, a small bit of controversy is bubbling up. Several of the contestants making it through to Hollywood have some pretty substantial professional singing experience already — and we're talking signed record deals, not Bat Mitzvah performances. Philadelphia contestant Kristy Lee Cook was previously represented by LeAnn Rimes' former manager, and another auditioner may have already produced an album.

I think it's a little early to get too outraged by Idol, but since I know a lot of you are really into these early audition episodes, I'm curious: What's your stance on Idol contestants with professional experience?

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