We watch it because the crappy people make us feel better about ourselves, and the good people are just entertaining to watch. It's kind of like Forest Gump. American Idol is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get. That moment of anticipation right before they open their mouth and you don't know if it's going to be the sound of kittens being killed, or angels descending from heaven is priceless. It's that suspense that makes the show so compelling in the early days. And I do have the same question as you. Do some of these people honestly think they're good singers? Honestly? These people wait DAYS for their audition just to be thrown out in 30 seconds and made to look like a fool.