But the best thing about this season is no Simon!! The original show in England, for which he was a judge, was called Pop Idol and Simon was determined that the American version be the same. Only pop music was allowed. He put down anyone who tried to sing anything else. This season, I'm enjoying the judges allowing each contestant to be what they want to be - even when it's heavy metal.
My favorites are Paul McDonald - how can you resist that smile and his crazy dancing? Not to mention the Rod Stewart voice...
...and Jacob Lusk. Love his rich, soulful tone and I admire his willingness to take a moral stand on national tv and not worry about the consequences.
I recognize that James Durbin is probably the greatest talent on the stage and could give Adam Lambert a run for his money; and that Casey Abrams is an incredible musician, which I respect, so they run a close 3rd and 4th. Who are your favorites?