BlindGossip – The revolving door of judges on this reality show was not carefully planned. Judge 1 wanted out a couple of years ago, but producers refused to let him/her go because they thought he/she was the single biggest factor in the show’s success. They thought that Judge 3 was easily replaced by anyone of the same gender, but were disappointed that the audience never warmed up to Judge 4 (Judge 3’s replacement). Producers brought in Judge 5 because they thought he/she would provide the warmth factor as well as being an informed critic. Likeable, yes. Critical, no.
Three facts are not being made public. The first is that both Judge 4 and Judge 5 are being blamed for the show’s decline. The producers feel that their picks were not up to par (talent-wise and personality-wise) with previous seasons. The second is that Judge 4 was supposed to have been fired last season, but they couldn’t find an adequate replacement quickly enough. The third is that Judge 2 will be let go by next season.