Regarding the other news I am one of those that consider that great news. I do not think they do any of the contestants any favors by over praising them. I have heard them tell me over and over that the contestants are the best they have ever had and that they could sing the phone book. I heard them criticize Hollie for not showing her emotions so much so that I would not blame Hollie for being confused as to what they were really asking of her. Was Jennifer showing Hollie what displaying emotions was all about when she put on her own performance? Jennifer is a great dancer, in my opinion not a great singer, but all that displayed to me was how you would show someone how to act sexy. I did not feel her performance was right for young people. Why they don't have the judges work with the contestants themselves is a mystery to me. I know they have Jimmy, but I don't see where he did them any favors either. He should have been very much a part of the song process and he had that light bulb moment when he said Jessica was singing songs to old for her and yet she came out singing Etta James.
AI has changed in so many ways and has become all about the drama. The two hour performance show was so long with so many fillers. The next night when one of their very own Idol winners David Cook gave his performance Ryan did not even talk with him. The judges could only clap and not even get on their feet for one of their own. I couldn't help, but wonder will they be doing the same for who ever wins this season? They seem so vested during the season and then seem to forget them. They showed more hoopla when Jennifer performed and she is a judge. For me, they have made AI more about the judges than the contestants and it never use to be that way. When Phillip was prodded into kissing Jennifer's poster was I the only one saying - "What is Going On." Maybe I am, but that is how I feel. I don't know what the answers are. I just know for me it is not the same show it once was. JMO