With four judges, time seems to be an issue, especially now that the show is down to an hour from a luxurious two.
In an AP story about Kara DioGuardi, a producer said they are trying to make the judges aware that time is of the essence:
Cecile Frot-Coutaz, an executive producer on “Idol,” said producers envisioned a fourth judge could create a time crunch.
“It’s hard for (the judges) to figure out whether they’ve spoken for 30 seconds or 45 seconds, so … we’re going to try and help them with that and give them a sense of their timing so that we keep it under control a bit more,” Frot-Coutaz said.
The story also noted that DioGuardi would get long winded and over-use industry jargon (e.g. “artistry”). But the producers say they support DioGuardi and have no plans of dropping her.
-The weekly odds from bookmaker.com didn’t change much from seven days ago except Adam’s chances went up while every one else went down. Matt & Lil took especially big drops and Kris is now edging out Allison.
1. Adam Lambert -350 (up from -285 a week ago)
2. Danny Gokey +325 (down from +280 a week ago)
3. Kris Allen +1400 (down from +1200 a week ago)
4. Allison Iraheta +1600 (down from +1000 a week ago)
5- Matt Giraud +4000 (down from +1600 a week ago)
6- Lil Rounds +4500 (down from +1600 a week ago)
7- Anoop Desai +4500 (down from +3500 a week ago)