Now that auditions are over (San Fran recap & rest of LA recap coming soon)... I want to get your opinion on my 2011 American Idol Theory: The Blue Screen of Death.
Let's recap the theory for those of you who haven't been paying close enough attention:
If a contestant gets "featured" (interviewed, shown dancing, talking, whatever) before their performance in front of the judges, you can tell whether they are "good" or "bad" (or a Y/K/N), by whether they are featured in front of the American Idol blue backdrop, which I affectionately refer to as the "Blue Screen of Death".
Contestants who are NOT featured in front of the Blue Screen of Death are not always good (if they are really terrible they may end up taking a walking tour of the premises with Seacrest, like the Cinncinati Radio DJ wannabe did), but Contestants who ARE featured in front of the Blue Screen of Death before the performance are ALWAYS "bad".
So, does my theory hold water? To my knowledge, it does, but I welcome your feedback! Go back and remember your "best" and "worst" auditions and re-watch the footage and see if you can find evidence to disprove this theory. I bet you can't, but I'm open for discussion. We'll post the examples here.
We will have to remember this theory in 2012 -- not sure what good it can do for us other than telling us when would be a good time to "fast-forward", but for a show that's 2+ hours most of the time, that's worth it's weight in gold!