Before I liveblog at least the first audition episode, I wanted to give a few thoughts.
This is the reality show that actually affected reality. This is the reality show that was such a juggernaut that other stations carefully programmed against it. This was the show that produced Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert. It spawned XFactor and The Voice and other such shows.
It has a legacy. And that is something very few shows, reality or otherwise, can claim. And that, by itself, is worthy of respect.