But since then, they have sucked.
What we liked about Simon Cowell was his honesty. It wasn't that he was mean; it was that his words fit what we saw on the screen. He said what we were saying, and whether it was good or bad, he said it bluntly and directly. He wasn't a politician trying to re-vamp a music career, like J-Lo. We also like the humor and the British accent, but that was secondary.
With J-Lo, all we hear is praise for Lusk, whose rendition of "No Air" was one of the worst things we've ever heard on TV. We'd rather hear Frasier Crane sing "Three Little Maids from School Are We."
With Randy, all we hear is praise for James Durbin, even though he was pretty sharp and off-key last night.
With Steven Tyler, all we hear are crazy ramblings, dirty catchphrases, and then a declaration that it was beautiful and he liked it.
Where is the constructive criticism? Randy and J-Lo try to give it, but everyone at home watching knows what they are recommending is wrong. They seem to think that Lauren is going to turn into a belter like Jennifer Hudson if she just "takes a risk." They want the girl to yell, and she just doesn't have that kind of voice.
The girl who IS yelling enough can't catch a break with these judges either. She killed Lady Gaga's "You and I" last night, and all they could do was complain after lavishing "meh" Scotty performances and horrible Lusk performances with praise. They finally had to give Haley her due after she brought the house down with her last number, which gave us chills.
Why can't these judges get behind Haley, the most consistently on-key singer in the competition? Lauren also sings the right notes though. Haley takes the risks and has charisma while performing. We hope she sticks around longer.
The judges aren't saying what rational people are thinking. They've picked their favorites, and they are sticking with them, no matter how they do in the performances. Their suggestions and comparisons are off-the-wall. Are they hearing what we are hearing?
These judges seem to have an agenda. To promote themselves, look good, get a certain type of music popular, get a certain gender or race to the top, get the contestants to sing what they envision they should sing rather than just honestly give an opinion.
Also, if Jacob Lusk doesn't go home this week, we are going to complain about it every day until he DOES go home.