Is American Idol’s newest judge an attempt to cover all 4 temperaments and create the natural dynamic that comes with that?
According to the American Idol Website:
“We had originally intended for American Idol to have four judges,” said executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. “We’ve seen from our international series that having a fourth judge creates a dynamic that benefits both the contestants and the viewers.”
Of course, this just means they wanted 4 judges, and not necessarily that they wanted the judges to line up with the 4 temperaments. But when you look at the roles and personalities of the judges, the overlay with the temperaments is intriguing.
Simon Cowell is the NT/Competitive/Rational. He’s very much to the point and focused on the bottom line. Speaking the truth is more important than sparing a contestant’s feelings. Simon thoroughly embodies the rational/thinking approach to judging vs. Paula’s feeling and empathy-heavy perspective.
Paula is certainly an NF. She’s concerned with the performer’s feelings. She wants to empathize with their situation. She wants to be as inclusive as possible, and she sees no reason to put too fine a point on negative feedback. She often finds Simon to be deliberately cruel.
Randy is high Sensing and more than likely an SP/Spontaneous/Artisan. Randy almost always comments on how the singer actually sounded. He frequently comments on “pitch problems” or the dynamic range of the song/vocalist. And he’s also most likely to comment on how the song made him feel, not in a Paula/introspective way, but in a “that was hot” or a “it was just kind of alright for me” way. This is Spontaneous speak – very in the moment and sensing.
And that leaves one temperament missing.
Enter Kara DiaGuardi. Now I haven’t watched as much of this season and have seen precious little of Kara, so this is purely speculative and tentative, but here’s what makes me think that Kara’s probably a Methodical:
So there you have it. Obviously, it’s early in the season and my assertions are purely speculative about Kara, but I’d say it’s no accident that Kara’s stage persona has so far shaped up to fill the missing temperament from the Randy-Paula-Simon trio.
Hat top to Mark Fox for asking me this question and sparking the idea for the article.