Newest crop of judges lacks the X factor
TV’s music-contest judges are a garish joke. They’re hired solely as a demographic incentive, to give the shows a fast, if temporary, ratings bump. They are freaky fashion plates and visual spectacles who, like Steven Tyler and Christina Aguilera, are HDTV migraines. The thing that gave the contemporary music contest its relevance is gone, leaving a trail of stale pop tarts such as Britney Spears and minor musical talents – Lee DeWyze, Kris Allen, Phillip Phillips – in its wake.