We had a conversation about this at work today-water cooler talk! - the show still is first in ratings, but I think that's becoming a little shaky. One of the women I work with still absolutely believes the fans determine the results. But, she's starting to cross over to the realization that the judges' 50% can, and does, make the difference. I pointed out to her that last season, the best way to allow for viewers to choose the winner was for the judges to give both Evan and what's her name the exact same score, that way it truly would be the viewer's decision and she thought about it a moment and finally said, yeah, I can see your point. More fans are thinking that way. None of my friends or coworkers follow this group or any other group, they've managed to see what we see and discuss week in and week out. I'm beginning to lose all hope for this show, when the fans voted out (or didn't vote for, whichever way you think of it) the cheetah girls (can't remember her name either), I think the producers decided then and there this was their show and THEY would determine the winner.