I have to admit, "American Idol" is an on/off obsession with me. After  Acadiana's own Jacee Badeaux left this year, I didn't watch with as much enthusiasm. But they always seem to come up with some potential country music superstars, so I'll definatly be glued to the set during the finale. It's a great excuse to have a party, and celebrate that elusive American Dream. I was pretty shocked, however, to see what the actual dollar numbers are for contestants- rags to riches might be the understatement of the year!

"American Idol," that hyperkinetic, TV-tastic, Simonized shine on the amateur hour concept, has embedded itself into our national consciousness with the tenacity of an earworm that we just can't get out of our heads.

(via The cost of being on American Idol.)