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Do They See What I See?

by Priska Neely
Mar 3, 2011

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I've always questioned the decisions of American Idol judges. Ever since they chose Nikki McKibbin as a finalist over Tamyra Gray back in season one.

But the judges' assessments this season seem particularly off-kilter. I have to admit I haven't been watching regularly, but I watched this week and was totally caught off guard by what talent means to the latest trio— Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, and Steven Tyler.

On Tuesday, after a mediocre performance that mostly involved growling and yelling, Jenny from the Block said something to Casey Abrams, one of remaining twelve male contestants, that rocked my world.

"You're sexy, Casey. You know that?" J.Lo. said to the scruffy Abrams.

I'm sorry, what?

Steven Tyler's evaluation: "You are in your mind good and out of your mind unreal."

I don't even know what that means. I saw Casey's audition in Austin and I was impressed, but this latest performance was not good and was definitely not sexy.

Most of the other performances of the evening were questionable as well.


This season does seem to have one thing going for it: diversity. The contestants are like a beautiful rainbow and represent more backgrounds than I've ever seen on the show. Maybe the judges are trying to throw the vocal diversity in there too...with praise of good and bad singing.

After J.Lo's verdict, I'm off to re-evaluate my life.

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