Great moment in "American Idol" history: Paula (dressed like a disco schoolmarm) admonishing the guy who told the judges to "be careful" that "that's just not a normal thing to say." Since Paula is so expert at saying normal things.
Other brief thoughts and observations from Louisville:
* Kara is trying hard to be entertaining. Maybe a little too hard. Is she going to keep singing all season? And did she really think the girl with the lyrics on her armband was joking? Has she been watching the show? At all?
* On the other hand, one thing I like about her presence is the way it changes the male-female dynamic on the panel. Yes, "boys versus girls" isn't very original, but at least we're straying from that weird Simon-Paula flirtation. And if she and Simon become dueling purveyors of brutal honesty, this is going to be fun.
* If you've already had and lost a record deal, you don't need to act so surprised when the judges pass you on to the Hollywood round.
* What's the seasonal quota on bland, good-looking white guys with passable singing voices?
* For my money, Lenisha is the top female contender so far. She's cute in a Keke Palmer way, she has a distinctive voice, and she's got the talent to match her tale of woe. Look out, Stevie Wright.