Originally Posted by flint350
As for Stern, I'm no particular fan of his, but many of his comments are right on and his calling out of Mandel for putting through acts simply because they are novelty-but-talentless was refreshing. At the end, Sharon always acts as though she had no idea they were coming to her for a decision and almost always simply picks "the other one" just to keep from making the deciding choice.
I really got the impression that the judges are told by the producers ahead of time which acts are going to be the 4th and 5th place teams, so they already know which one they are going to vote for. If there is a split, Nick will ask the two judges who disagreed first, before getting to the third judge who will break the tie.
Last week, Howie and Howard were the first two judges to speak, and Sharon broke the tie. Obviously this week, Howard broke the tie. Week 2, Howie broke the tie. It's been a different order each time.
The only time all three judges agreed was with Edon, but the three other times there was a split. There was never a time where two of the judges that agreed went first and second. I could be imagining things, but that's how the voting has shaken out so far.