"Southern peaches," Ryan Seacrest said appreciatively of his hometown talent as "American Idol" scoured Atlanta for starry-eyed singers. Certainly Thursday's show, the season's first hour-long episode, brought us a few sweet voices -- not to mention blurry footage of Seacrest being woken by his mom on the morning of auditions and interacting cutely with her throughout his stay.
"What are you doing? You can't spank me on national television!" Seacrest exclaimed after one especially cheeky move from his mom, Connie.
Ahem. Back to that talent.