And once again, the judges have ruined the show.
Pia’s insane, stupid and shocking ouster last night is bound to bring forth a lot of theories: That voting is so dominated by young girls that females are at a decided disadvantage, that this is a competition dominated by guitar-voting boys and the rest is immaterial, and that the Producers rigged the voting to drive more interest. All of that will be in play, but I choose to ignore all those theories and put the blame for Pia’s leaving in one place: The judges’ table.
In the midst of a typical judging performance on a show night – that is to say, near universal praise for everybody – the judges did a really strange thing, they actually criticized Pia. J-Lo said they she still wanted more. Randy still criticized her for doing too many ballads – even though she didn’t do a ballad on that night.
Of course, they still had high praise for Pia. In fact, their criticism was more aimed at the fact that Pia was so far beyond the show that they were more giving her advice for a career and not really breaking down the quality of how she was competing.
Unfortunately, when you praise everybody like they’re Whitney Houston in her prime, the layman will see your short critique as Pia’s being the worst of the night. And clearly they vote accordingly. Read More...