It has nothing to do with American Idol. Idol's been around for 20 years. People don't scream for long notes while watching at home. And like people have said, it's not even about screaming for long notes. It's ENTRANCE applause that is getting out of control. This was not learned from watching American Idol. People who say it's because we went 18 months without Broadway are onto something. Audiences are so happy to have it back.