Open auditions are held in various cities, before judges, with a majority vote required to advance. The immediate goal is to get to be one of the Final 12, for the next level of competition.
One of the judges has a British accent, and the judges don't always get along. The sole woman even gets weepy sometimes.
With "American Inventor" so shamefully, or shamelessly, derivative, have Cowell and company invented a total waste of time?
Nearly. The really bad inventions here - the Bladder Buddy (a garment bag you slip into to relieve yourself in public), the Walk Buddy (a walking stick that emits high-frequency sounds and, maybe, mace), the Tizzy Tubes (kids as human bumper cars), Space Beetle Utopia (think a really nerdy, creepy ant farm, with giant bugs) - aren't entertaining, even in a negative sense, just annoying.