Oh happy day! Am I in an alternate universe? My hero, Iggy on Idol letting his freedom flag fly? Amazing, amazing - don't get me wrong, I understand that Idol fans don't get him. He definitely is not main-street AI material. Pia going home was GREAT for AI long in the long run - and even though they all suck and would not be on this show if they had what it takes, I think there were several others that should have gone long before Pia. But a systematic problem with the judging has started to rear it's ugly head. Poor Jennifer with the teary eyes. Well maybe if she (and the rest of the judges) actually judged these people instead of saying how great everyone is, the 13 year old girls could be swayed into voting some the lesser talents out first? According to what the judges were telling the viewers, EVERYONE was just amazing yesterday. But still someone needs to be voted off and with no direction from the expert judging panel, that could be a non-voting person 18-49 demo favorite. Lopez was the one constantly saying how great Stefano was, even today, when Randy said his opinion did not change after viewing the tapes and that Stefano was rough at the beginning yesterday, hardly tough love, she said he was crazy. Then Pia gets voted out over Stefano and she is shocked? Amazing. So she wanted Stefano to go? Then she needs to be a judge and not be a cheerleader. Why the love for Stefano and the tears when he stays? Poor Stefano, should he feel bad because he beat out Pia? Not to just pick on Jennifer, Steven Tyler LOVEs everyone. Re-watch Wednesday, he did not say a bad word about anyone. Randy tries to actually judge but he is not strong like Simon was to go against the other two and their glowing appraisals of everyone. Face it, even if you actually like someone, most people are willing to admit their favorites stink it up on occation. I kind of liked Paul for a while, but he has sucked the last few weeks and still got great reviews for our panel - even when his messed up voice was barely a whisper a two weeks ago and this week when he made a serious Cash song a lump of sticky syrup. The great thing is, the judges may be told they need to actually judge the contestants rather then say everyone did amazing no matter how bad they sucked. If they gave honest reviews to Stefano, Paul, and Jacob one of them would have gone home a Pia would have easily moved on this week. If they don't snap out of it, next it could be Lauren getting the boot, and she is the only idol in years that has a chance to actually be a pop star and sell more than 100k records. With the AI machine behind me, I could sell 100K records reading the dictionary in Pig Latin. Expect more shockers if they continue to slather the love on both good and bad performances. Already Casey and Pia got the shaft before lesser talents. Those who actually vote are easily swayed by the judges, but if judges say they all are great how do they know who to vote for? Bottom line, 13 year old girls are not going to vote for a Vegas lounge act no matter how many notes she hits unless the judges give them reasons to vote others out. I am ready for real judging to start next week. Let the fun begin. This is why I watch reality TV and Idol. It sure is not for the talent, it is for the drama. We got a big dose of that tonight, that's what it's all about. Anyone that says they are not watching because Pia got voted out does not understand what reality TV is all about. Still POOR Stefano, I really feel sorry for him, he moves on and gets no love and almost gets treated like a villain. I think he deserves an apology next week - even though he really does suck, he played within the rules and moved on.