What strikes me most about the AI contestants -- the ones that truly do not know that they suck -- is their sheer self-confidence.
Like, it never even crossed their mind
that they might sound other than great.
I always think to myself that if *I* were to audition for AI, I'd video tape myself and pour over my audition relentlessly, searching for flaws. I'd make everybody and his brother watch it too, and beg them not to hold back with the criticism. Please, nothing they could say could be more hurtful than being humiliated by Simon Cowell in front of millions!
I'm fairly certain that I'd have a pretty good idea of whether or not I sucked before I got up there on AI. And if there was even the slightest chance that I wasn't *awesome* I'd stay home.
Yet, these people get up there and have no clue what they sound like. They are firmly convinced that they are amazing, despite there being plenty of evidence to the contrary. Their self-confidence levels are falsely and ridiculously through the roof.
And with lots of them, it's not even just the voice. It's the clothing, the haircut, the entire package -- there is no way in hell they could possibly become the Next American Idol. And anybody that had watched even *one* episode of the show could tell you that. Yet, there they are, devastated because they didn't make it past the first round. What EVER made them think they could win?
How does one's psyche get built up with false expectations like that? It's really fascinating to me.