Last night contestants were broken into groups: Girls, Boys, Over 30 years olds and Groups. Each judge was at an outdoor location with one of the groups. This is where it lost me. This didn't add a thing to the show, in fact it was outright boring.
-This week Simon set himself apart from the other judges. Simon is in Paris, everyone else is in the US. Two are in California locations and one in the Hamptons. Simon is the only sole judge. The others all have a celebrity co-judge with them. After a contestant sings and leaves the Paris performing area, three men crowd around Simon's feet like his harem. It conjured up images of those pictures of Jesus surrounded by children. They are adoringly looking upward at this most sacred man. This has got to be intentional.
-Simon looks like he came from Miami Vice's central casting. Reclining on his couch, he is attired in a white shirt open to his navel, bare feet, one leg on the couch and sporting a tan. Is he suppose to look more "American?" I hope that's not the Brits impression of us.
-From what I saw, only those auditioning in front of Simon had live musicians. There was a piano set up poolside and a guitarist. The other judges' contestants sang to recorded backing tracks.
-The singers seemed lost in these vast settings. I think it was a nice change from American Idol to have the auditions in front of an audience. They are looking for an entertainer, not just someone with a good voice. The ability to win over an audience is key and this setting added to the show. The outdoor locations, do not.