Originally Posted by skyehill
Applicable to the Idol judges, but not to the Voice. The judges were very honest last night, calling one of the performances terrible and numerous others only occasionally good. The judges/mentors are not a problem on The Voice, but they're definitely a huge issue on Idol. The format is more of a problem (to me) on The Voice. Battle rounds still aren't very good. Poor Simon and his atrocious X Factor didn't even warrant a mention.
The judges/mentors are definitely a problem on The Voice when they aren't being honest with their critiques. Blake was the only one who was really critical, but he was also the person who advanced the cute young country blonde who cannot sing. The Voice mentors are too worried about making someone feel bad in conjunction with having to be the one to send them home. It puts the mentors in a tough position, so they take the easy way out.
The AI judges aren't in a tough position at all at this point, since they aren't the ones who decide who is sent home. That doesn't seem to make a difference though. However, I think the producers are pressuring certain people to ramp up the criticism. Having Iovine be the Simon Cowell is very weak since, as Bianco noted, he isn't even in the room for the performances.
I would bet that tonight Randy Jackson will try to do a Simon Cowell impersonation. And maybe Tyler will bring back the pre-performance written notes that he can read from.