We’re not sure which part of American Idol is worse: the washed-up celebrity judges or the slew of ignorant pop tarts who couldn’t name one album released prior to the 1990s, but are expected to bring a fresh perspective to a classic Top 40 hit. (Seriously, if we hear one more Beatles track butchered by a teen bimbo, we’re going to snap.)

That kind of music murder makes us long for a sad country tune performed by a hot lesbian cowgirl . . . a longing satisfied only at the Phoenix Country Idol competition. This week’s preliminary round will choose two finalists to compete against others at the Country Idol finals next month.

Sun., Jan. 23, 9 p.m., 2011
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Adriane Goetz