I also hate the "who's a stand-out" questions. I realize this may be the new way of stimulating votes. When Simon would criticize someone, the supporters would amp up their votes. I think this may be their way getting more votes for the ones who are not included in the judges declaration of who is a stand out. However, I still don't like it. I watched Holly's face when they tout Jessica ... and I can see it hurts the kid.
ETA: Thanks Misty and Razorbacker for acknowledging Leon Russell's " A song for you " I notice this happening a lot ... where the original artist is overlooked. I guess it's a lesson from the Fame is Fleeting school of song.