While I am not in agreement with you on the judges behavior this year, you made some excellent points.I disagree. And those at home should be voting for who they like, not who the judges like. And for that matter, if a contestant isn't as good as the next contestant, why put them on the same level as the one who is? It's called a competition for a reason. Anyone who comes out and gives a stellar performance deserves praise from the judges. This isn't kindergarten where a teacher has to be careful to make sure she doesn't make one child feel less special than the other children. AI is a real competition and anyone going on that show should realize the judges comments aren't necessarily going to sunshine and daisies for them every single week. Some weeks the judges may like the performance and other weeks, not so much. But if someone like Joshua comes out each week and sings and performs well, and the judges feel this to be so, he should be praised for it. Those who aren't stepping up should step up and if not, perhaps they shouldn't have been on the show in the first place.