OMG, don’t you just love Jennifer Lopez in the current season (what is it …10? 11? 15? 20?) of American Idol? She is most probably the only reason why people still tune in to watch that dying talent show.

First and foremost, she is super gorgeous and everything she wears is sparkly and trendy – she just makes looking fashionable seem effortless.

Secondly, she may just be the only sane judge on that panel which includes ageing Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler (he’s still cool, though) and Randy Jackson – who even after all these years, is still unable to prove his worth as a judge on the show.

StarWorld is currently showing the auditions segment of American Idol, which is probably the best part of the whole talent competition.

This is when you get to see awesome, inspiring, weird and even downright scary people walk into the audition rooms and blow everyone’s minds away with their talent, or for some, lack thereof.

It is really fun to see Jennifer being all excited over listening to the new talents and you can sense that she’s always hoping for the best in others. Unlike Randy.

The music producer has often gestured for the contestants to stop singing – even when they were pretty good – causing Jennifer to smack his arms in retaliation.

Sometimes it seems like Jennifer (and maybe Steven with whatever is left of his hearing ability) is the only person who really listens to the contestants before deciding whether they should go through to the next level or not.

Randy is just so impatient and gets exasperated easily nowadays. He was not like this before.

It was usually Simon Cowell – the much-loathed former American Idol judge – who was quick to judge someone, had a short temper and even shorter attention span.

Simon didn’t just have terrible temperament and manners on American Idol. He was also quite unbearable on the other shows that he was on.

Yes, some might argue that Simon is the best judge of them all, but sometimes he lets his mood get in the way of judging. He gets annoyed at people just by looking at them. How is that fair?
Remember how he almost wrote off Susan Boyle during her audition on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009? Even before she opened her mouth?

The dumbfounded look on his face as Susan sang I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables is still one of the most memorable moments on television. One can only hope that Simon finally learned the true meaning of the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” that day.

According to some people, Simon is not exactly the easiest person to work with. Well, you don’t say. His brashness is evident when he interacts with his fellow judges, and he often acts as if he is not just right but always right.

This side of him was very visible throughout the US X-Factor show for which Simon is a judge.

He had questioned Nicole Scherzinger’s talent numerous times (well, so do we), causing the former Pussycat Dolls lead singer to belt out Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You just to shut him up.

The rocky relationship among the judges got worse at the end of last year when Nicole made a terrible judgment call by allowing Americans to decide the fate of the show’s front runner, Rachel Crow.

The talented 13-year-old singer was voted off the show and that decision not only angered the nation but also Simon tremendously.

He had called out Nicole’s inability to make decisions at crucial moments and had even labelled her as defensive towards criticisms.

Needless to say, Simon who is also the excutive producer for X-Factor, decided to get rid of Nicole before the start of the show’s next season. Also getting the axe from the show are fellow judge Paula Abdul and host Steve Jones, who, to be honest, didn’t contribute much to the talent show at all.

Why can’t all judges just be awesome and nice like those on The Voice? Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine all come from (somewhat) different musical backgrounds but somehow they gel together as one on this show.

They know that at the end of the day, the talent show is not about them at all (even though they always bicker about whose team is doing the best). It is about the up-and-coming singers.

These mentors often push the singers under their tutelage not just to beat their contenders, but also to test their own boundaries as vocalists. And that’s exactly what talented and experienced musicians should do – help the newbies find their way in the entertainment industry.

And as a judge, the least they can do is fully listen to the contestants before passing judgment, regardless of how they look or sound.

Sharm says: Jennifer Lopez should totally be the fifth judge on The Voice. Although X-tina is holding up well on her own, it’ll be nice to see another opinionated woman put Blake, CeeLo and Adam in their places.

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