Don't get me started on Steve Jones, the host. He was so unintentionally rude and curt that it was lovably hilarious. I partially watched just to see who he was going to interrupt, push off the stage or slyly insult. Now that Steve is out we'll probably get a self-absorbed, preening kiss-up like Ryan Seacrest. The two dragon judges stayed and two likeable judges, Paula and Nicole, are jobless.
This is just another nail in the X-factor coffin for me.
For Cowell to stay when I hold him wholly responsible for the bankrupt creativity ruling music today is disappointing. He made catapulting manufactured artists to the top of charts by manipulating audiences en vogue. He doesn't know true talent. He knows true spectacle, subliminal marketing and the art of pandering. The more he and his shows remain on TV, the more music will degrade.
So far, Beyonce Knowles, Mariah Carey and no-talent Perez Hilton have been rumored as replacement judges. I think the standards of Mariah and Beyonce would be too high for mediocre talent we typically see on this live singing shows. Having Paula, who can barely sing, is more in tune with the show.
My recommendation? Get Britney Spears, who needs a stable gig and can no longer tour convincingly, along with Sean P-Diddy Combs, who always makes great reality TV and knows how to produce substandard talent.