This isn't meant to be a thread about whether you like her or not, but what you really think of her judging skills/critiques.
I know the show wants to have an anti-Simon Cowell, but I usually only tune out whatever she says because I don't think she's ever truly honest with the contestants. Sometimes I feel like she tells every singer that they look great and that this is just the beginning of the road for them when it's not really true. Since she has experience as a singer and performer, shouldn't she be able to give the contestants some more "real" advice even if she doesn't say it as bluntly as Simon.
Last season when Brook White had to restart her song, Paula Abdul told her that was unprofessional, then Simon was like, well what else was she supposed to do? I agreed with Simon because when I've gone to concerts and a song starts off bad I like it when they start over so I don't feel let-down that I didn't get as a good as a performance as I wanted.
Again, I'm not trying to bash Paula Abdul, but maybe with four judges it just sticks out more that she never says anything that I personally feel is a real critique or helpful. There was an article a week ago where she said she didn't like having four judges and I thought part of it was probably when three out of four judges are saying a performance was poorly sung, she can no longer just say positive stuff because she loses even more credibility as a judge.