Actually, it wasn't so much hope as it was delusion.
Nothing against Neil or any of the other contestants that try out for the show when they, well, ummm, clearly don't have talent. It takes guts to stand there and sing your heart out and then wait for the merciless judgement from the "Big Three."
Then there are the Neils. "There is no Reality but what we make for ourselves," he said. Unfortunately for him, the reality the judge's made was one without him in Hollywood.
My husband pointed out that most of the contestants with fantasy talent are single. "Wives aren't big on entertaining their husband's illusions," he said.
Yes, I know - I tucked that comment away for a future conversation, just in case he has an illusion he wishes I'd support.
Back to American Idol. Where are these contestants' friends and family when they are needed the most? Where are they so they can tell their poor deluded loved ones, "I love you and support you, but don't do this...you will be famous for the wrong reasons."
Maybe they need to get married for a reality check.