Originally Posted by Chip R
I don't watch the show but the premise seems to be valid. You have 3 professional music people deciding on who can be the next big star. That's much better than having the contestants voting each other out. But it seems now like since they gave the public a vote, it became less valid and more of a popularity contest.
The public vote has always been there, which means the occasional wacky results also trace back to the first season. Having said that, the public usually gets the right people to the endgame. Not always, though.
I haven't watched the show faithfully, but after its initial splash, it hit a lull in the third season. Similar to this season, actually -- a couple of standout female R&B types (Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson) and not much else. The following season, AI raised the age limit and seemed to be more open to those outside the pop/R&B mold, and the diverse styles of the contestants seemed to give it a shot in the arm. Now it's in a lull again. It'll be interesting to see what they change, if anything, for the next year.