"There's still a lot of delusional people out there," said judge Randy Jackson. "They still believe, no matter what you say, 'I'm still the best.'"
"The talent, I think, is getting better all the time" Cowell said. "But 80 percent to 90 percent of the people who come in here are absolutely awful."
The judges will have more auditions in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles and Honolulu.
The third "American Idol" competition begins in October for a telecast scheduled to begin in January.