American Idol auditions in front of the judges began yesterday in Denver, and Paula Abdul not being there isn't the only change ... there's also a new audition backdrop with current Idol winner Kris Allen and last year's winner David Cook holding the prime spots.
Considering how much TPTB and judges thought of him as an afterthought or non-entity during the show, I was half expecting them to relegate Kris to the corner of that backdrop, like they do with Taylor Hicks. I was also expecting them to use an unflattering photo since they seem to do that sometimes, but they picked a great shot of Kris from when he sang "No Boundaries" in the performance show. Color me shocked.
The backdrop can be seen in this video from Fox 13 on the auditions.