It's interesting to me that some of them weren't interested in becoming full-time members of DT, yet it's starting to look like DT wasn't really looking for a traditional full-time drummer. Some of those guys might have been far more interested if they knew it was going to be more like a session kind of gig. This wouldn't work for DT, of course, they needed somebody who was ostensibly a proper band member.
And perhaps I'm the only one who sees it this way, but I always thought the auditions were strictly for the press. Mangini wanted the gig and they wanted him. Priester didn't come off looking so good, but that's the very basis for reality television which is what the auditions were. I seem to recall one of them suggesting just that and not being pleased about it. It was good publicity for them, but does anybody actually think Lang (who was my favorite) and Priester were ever really in the running? I thought the whole process was about as legitimate as one of those celebrity chef things.