Last night’s American Idol auditions in Chicago were some of the worst of the season so far, with only 13 of 12,000 hopefuls making it through to Hollywood. Although overall the audition show was kind of a downer, guest judge Shania Twain was a treat to watch.

Guest judge Shania Twain on 'American Idol' (Photo: Fox)

Guest judge Shania Twain on 'American Idol' (Photo: Fox)

Normally we tend to think the American Idol judges are a bit harsher on the audition hopefuls than is totally necessary – especially when a contestant obviously has mental issues. (Making fun of the mentally disabled does not make you cool in our book.)

Last night, however, most of the hopeful contestants deserved the criticism. Overall, the talent pool in Chicago for the American Idol auditions just seemed, well, terrible. So we weren’t all that surprised when only 13 out of 12,000 people who showed up actually made it through to Hollywood.

One of the folks we are fond of and hope makes it through to the next round is contestant Angela Martin. Yes, she was one of the requisite “sob stories” of the evening, but in this particular case, that’s okay. Martin has auditioned twice before and even made it to Hollywood in season 7, but the death of her father shook up her performance and she was eliminated. We hope this time around she’ll at least make the top 12.

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