The Judges Need To Be Tougher
For the first 4 weeks of the competition, I actually was impressed by the judges...they were a little too complimentary, but they knew how to be tasteful with constructive criticism and did a good job of pointing out the kids who stood out.
But this past week, I was very disapointed with the judges comments. I don't know if they are growing too attached to these kids or if they may be receiving orders from 19E (not to start another conspiracy)...but they were too willing to let obvious flaws slide. I saw so many flaws slide without one note from the judges: Jordan, Chantel, and Chauncey all had obvious pitch problems, Morgan was closing his eyes instead of engaging with the audience, AJ was singing in too high of a key.
The judges may think that they are obscuring these flaws from the public...but instead, the judges are just losing credibility because I'm sure many of us see these flaws.
By avoiding giving these kids constructive criticism, the judges are actually keeping these kids from improving. The only one I've really seen improve throughout the show is Chauncey- Chauncey's stage presence has grown so much from his first performance, and if Gladys hadn't commented on Chauncey looking "scared," he might not have worked so hard to improve.
I'm not saying that the judges should go "Simon" on these kids...but if you look at the AI competitions, there were contestants who took the judges critiques seriously and worked hard to improve- the most obvious examples being Clay Aiken, Kimberley Locke, and Christina Christian.
I can sense that pretty much all of these kids were capable of better this past week...but we may never get to see them perform up to their potential if the judges don't help them out.