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‘Reality Check’: Can American Idol Take Credit for Tori Kelly? Oh, and Week 2 of Auditions (VIDEO)‘s resident reality TV expert Michael Slezak is back with American Idol 6 finalist Melinda Doolittle for the latest episode of Reality Check, as the duo gives their thoughts on the farewell season of American Idol 2016!

The auditions continue as Michael and Melinda pick up on their theme of last week’s episode of Reality Check: namely, some of the teenagers this year are just NOT ready for this show. Of course, it’s kind of hard to tell them to just come back next year, since this IS the final season and all. Regardless, Michael and Melinda are finding it kind of difficult to get excited about this season, and the teen contestants are a big reason why. But not all is lost, as the hosts dig into their favorites for Week 2 while also talking about the Clay Aiken Twitter unpleasantness and whether or not American Idol can talk credit for Tori Kelly. Michael and Melinda also do another round of Golden Ticket revoking — and some of their picks might surprise you. Or not. It’s a great episode, and every bit as insightful as usual. Watch the video below:

'Reality Check' Can American Idol Take Credit for Tori Kelly Oh, and Week 2 of Auditions (VIDEO)


I can’t disagree with these two about Thomas Stringfellow. I really like him, and I think he can go far, but his affected singing is way too over-the-top. But I think that’s something a singer overcomes with time as they mature as an artist. The fact that he’s already as good as he is bodes well for him in the competition. And I feel sort of the same way about John Wayne Schulz, although I’m a bit more enthusiastic about the guy: he’s got loads of potential, and really delivered what we didn’t get this week from many of the other contestants — just straightforward, no-frills singing, which is the kind of thing that has been largely missing so far this season.

With that said, I think Melinda and Michael liked Jenn Blosil more than I did. It was a damn good audition, to be sure, but I think she has some of the same problems Thomas does, which is that she’s a bit too over-the-top. She gives off this quirky vibe that’s way too affected, and it comes across in her performing, for better or worse. I will say, however, that the biggest thing in her favor is that her passion and emotional connection to the song feel honest in a way it doesn’t with Thomas. I would also be remiss if I didn’t note that, by just about any metric, she has a great voice. So it’s not that I’m not impressed by her. It’s simply that I wasn’t blown away by her audition.

But what do you think of this week’s show? Do you agree with their favorites and their dislikes? Sound off in the comments!

And for more on American Idol, check out our recap of this past week’s auditions!

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