I've been a faithful viewer of AI since season one. Now my husband and I fight over watching the "pre-season" shows that show the try-outs. Yes, each person knows they're in line for a potential lashing from Simon, but some of these people really don't have it all upstairs. It's just mean to make fun of them purely for the sake of ratings. You know the only reason the screeners let them through is because they're ripe for being made fools of. Granted, many of the rejects are just there to get their 15 minutes by being the biggest idiot they can be in front of the judges.
On the flip side, people who actually might have potential never get to see the judges because they don't make the cut from the screeners.
These are the important things in my life. Sad.