Paula's in redemption mode this week actually coming across as if she knows a thing or two about music. Good advice, not too flaky except for one blowout with grouchy Simon, this was one of her best weeks.
My pal Lesley commented she was pist at Randy's rudeness. Nah, he's just learned some new words beyond "dawg" and wants to show 'em off.
Guest judge Carole Bayer Sager brought out her '80s Dynasty 'do and some sage commentary. She hasn't really had any relevance as a songwriter since the '80s when she scored with a string of schlock hits (That's What Friends Are For, Arthur's Theme, among them) and certainly few, if any, of the aspirants had any idea who the hell she was. Still, it was a missed opportunity that no one auditioned with a rendition of Nobody Does It Better, a song she cowrote for the 1977 007 film. Pretty much everyone sang tuneless crap from the likes of Mary J. Blige et al so it was hard to work up much enthusiasm for the performances.
Finally, host Ryan Seacrest hasn't annoyed me once in two weeks. A record? The start of a good season to come?