So much for preconceived notions!
Figured J Lo would be a b*tchy diva, like the pretty girl in high school who has no problem telling someone what all their faults are. She turned out to be the opposite, to the point where it got annoying. Sometimes these people just need to be told "no, this is NOT the path you need to take in your life". When it's quite obvious, say it.
Steven Tyler - another 180 here. Figured that with his drug use and with him being the senior member of the panel, he'd be more like the male version of a babbling, rambling Paula Abdul. Instead, he was coherent, articulate and expressive.
I guess a leopard can never truly change his spots, at least not in one season. We still are subjected to backstories that aren't necessary . . . . the guy who'd spent time in the wheelchair and the guy who was homeless for a time both held their own while singing. And, like in previous seasons, too much camera time given to those who should have just stayed home. Forget that they were put in front of the judges, some we saw shouldn't even have been allowed in the parking lot!