I do find the initial shows kinda humorous with the ridiculous lack of talent, but why do the judges have to humiliate the contestants? Why do they have to make fun of their appearance for instance? It shows a total lack of taste and class even though I know that's not what the show is shooting for.
I honestly felt sorry for some of those folks though I know they knew what they were getting into. Some of these kids looked like they might be a little slow mentally. There's a lot of crap on TV but this has brought it to a new low.
There should be enough entertainment simply in listening to those that can't sing but think they can. You don't need to pound them into the ground.