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Another look at Idol: So what the heck is going on?

Updated on March 24, 2011
The judges
The judges
Quirky Steven Tyler
Quirky Steven Tyler
placating Jennifer
placating Jennifer
Jennifer in tears
Jennifer in tears
out of control
out of control

Wednesday night

So last night I was not too happy about the way things turned out...not with the contestants, but with the judges. The eliminations went along as expected. There's a lot of good talent so I think they'll end up with some amazing competitors when they finally whittle the group to 24 contestants.

What bothered me last night was the way the judges came across...not in their judging, but in their personalities. I don't like the role Steven Tyler had to play, especially last night. He is a quirky, talented, interesting guy, but is now having to play the role of placater, soother, and normal nice guy. He's a rock singer and besides being a fabulous singer and song writer, he has the reputation of being a little weird and doing the unexpected. That's what I love about him. I do not like what they are doing to him on Idol.

He's not playing the nice guy role for the contestants alone, but as of last night, when Jennifer Lopez broke down, he and Randy are now soothing her. I hated that that happened last night. I know sometimes it's hard to eliminate contestants who are likable and talented, but that's the judges' jobs. She had the difficult task of having to tell a favorite contestant who had a very tragic and emotional story at the base of his reason for trying out that he didn't make it. Lopez felt she didn't do a good job of telling him and broke down after he left.

"I don't want to do this any more," she cried as the tears streamed down her face. Steven and Randy tried to calm her down with soft soothing support but it didn't work. I was really turned off by the whole scene...and I'm not a cold person. I hated the way it made the guys look.

Paula Abdul and Ellen DeGeneres has the same problems with letting people go and critiquing their performances, especially Ellen, but they didn't cry. That really bothered me.

I'm anxious to see what happens tonight. I hope Lopez has herself together and that they complete the final process of picking the 24 who will start the real show next week.


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    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      10 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      No, I wouldn't want their jobs either. You could tell that everyone was really torn up over having to say goodbye to some of their favorites. There is a lot of good talent this year. It should be interesting.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      I actually started watching it and was so disappointed in the fellow they kept at the end and the one fellow they cut - but oh well - guess that's idol...I wouldn't want their jobs!

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      10 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Yes, I too for the same reasons.

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      10 years ago from United States

      I have become a fan of both Jennifer Lopez for her beautiful heart and Steven Tyler for his pure musical genius. I love being able to see their reactions.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      10 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Yeah, I really think the talent is very good this year. It should be interesting to watch.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      10 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      freta, thanks for the comment. Yeah, it just may start getting interest. They now have the final 24, so next week should be a real competition.

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      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I may be one of the few people who do not really watch American Idol, but after reading your hub, I decided to watch the two hour show tonight, and glad I did! What talent, and how stressful it is for both the judges and contestants. I liked that the judges, truly cared about their talented contestants. Glad the young 15 year old made it to the team of 24 final contestants.

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      10 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks alekhouse for the update, although I DVR it, I don't watch it, but after your critique, I'll have to go back and watch.


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