'American Idol': 'FlashForward's' Jack Davenport is rooting for Andrew Garcia

jack-davenport-flashforward-320.jpg Jack Davenport already has a job in television, but "American Idol" might want to get in touch with him about replacing Simon Cowell anyway.

The "FlashForward" star says he's a fan of finalists Andrew Garcia and Crystal Bowersox, though he also gets a kick out of watching Bowersox and others try to feign interest in the group numbers. He also discoursed on Garcia's trajectory on the show, the "meat-grinding" the contestants go through and more at a "FlashForward" press day on March 11.

It all got started when a reporter asked if he had any guilty TV pleasures.

"I've watched more 'American Idol' than I'd like to admit to this year, that's for sure," he said. "I'm rooting one guy ... he's got a tattoo on his neck, and he was brilliant -- Andrew Garcia. I think he's easily the best singer, but he's been a bit rubbish the last couple weeks. I'm a bit worried about him. ... I thought his first audition was by a mile better than anybody, and he was very good in Hollywood week. But I fear -- well, anyway. I don't really care, to be honest."

And among the female contestants?

"Um ... oh, actually I quite like -- what's her name -- Crystal. She's so not the kind of person who would be an American Idol. And actually it's quite funny watching her, and there's that one big tall blond boy who plays guitar [Casey James] -- when they make them all sing together, and they're so not into it. And you're like, 'Yeah, I know. Because you're on "American Idol," and this is the s*** you have to go through. If you want that recording contract, suck it up.'"

So the suffering is what draws him in?

"I only recognize the syndrome," Davenport said. "I don't sing for a living, and that's a relief for everybody. But I do audition, in part, for a living, and I do feel -- if those people only knew that they'll never, ever, ever have to go through such a meat-grinding, publicly intense process ever again in their lives. So you do feel for them slightly.

"We have shows in the U.K. where these people ostensibly audition for the rare privilege of being in an Andrew Lloyd Weber musical. If only they knew -- nobody has to audition 14 times on live television just so they can be in 'The Sound of f***ing Music' -- it just doesn't happen like that in real life. But they do in that show. I do occasionally catch it, and I'm like, god, that's just too much to cope with."

Davenport and the rest of the "FlashForward" cast return to ABC in a one-hour recap at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday (March 16), and the show begins new episodes with a two-hour block at 8 p.m. Thursday (March 18).

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