There definitely were problems this season though. See through manipulations, boring songs, boring contestants. There is a reason that their ratings were the lowest they've ever been. Hopefully the producers will see the error of their ways and not try to pull this type of stunt again. Otherwise they will just continue to lose viewers like myself, who stopped watching when it became crystal clear who was going to win the show and America and the viewers votes had nothing to do with it.
Regarding the comment I made earlier about X Factor might be reuniting Randy, Paula and Simon - I take that to mean during an episode, not the entire show. They might be planning to guest judge or something along those lines. It did say *might* as well. I am just repeating what I read in a little article last week lol.