i have to say this took me totally by surprise, grabbed me by the shoulders and sucked me in. i am hooked and if you're unfortunate to be in a country where it's not being shown, watch it at msn. pop idol in all its shallow sheen, looks like plastic karaoke, this is hardcore with real musicians.
we're into week 2, the only reality TV to consider.
totally agree with the encore choices of the band .. either of those two could be the one .. be interesting to see how they all shape up in the next months.