'American Idol' Recap: The Contestants Bring it on 21st Century Night

I’ve been extremely hard on the judges all season (justifiably so, I think) but it’s caused me to overlook the show’s big bright spot: The addition of Jimmy Iovine.

While the judges have sugarcoated everything like a trio of stage parents, Iovine has worked hard to make the contestants better. He’s often harsh, extremely honest and his suggestions are normally spot on. Just look at last week when he warned Casey away from ‘Nature Boy’ and suggest Scotty stick with ‘Everybody’s Talkin’’. Scotty laid an egg with a boring George Strait song and Casey absolutely made a mockery out of all things music on his. Jimmy’s got the goods.

He’s also why I think the contestants are, top-to-bottom, much more consistent than they’ve ever been. He’s concerned with shepherding the singers along and making sure they improve from week-to-week. This has allowed each singer to grow and continue to get better. Read More...



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