Hey guess what – my favorite music competition is finally worth watching again!

After suffering through a truly terrible two-year period – let’s call it ‘The  Steven Tyler Era’ – American Idol has bounced back better than ever in the last few weeks. And it’s all to do with those brand new judges – Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj.

At the start of the year I speculated as to how the new Idol panel would fare, hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. At a time when Fox pays Britney Spears $15 million to speak with a strange British accent, act robotically and struggle to give even the vaguest semblance of a critical note – my expectations weren’t exactly high. But the new Idol judges are smart, thoughtful, critical and passionate. Phew!