Judgement Day

October 17, 2006|By Sarah Kickler Kelber | Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Reporter

First, there were the three ? the brute, the diplomat and the flake.

When Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul made their debut as the judging panel on Fox?s American Idol in 2002, they set the standard for snark ? and became the template for the umpteen reality competitions that have followed.

Sometimes, the genders vary and sometimes judges fall somewhere between these archetypes, but generally, there?s a Simon, a Randy and a Paula appraising people?s talent, whether it?s dancing (ABC?s Dancing With the Stars and Fox?s So You Think You Can Dance), fashion design (Bravo?s Project Runway), cooking (Bravo?s Top Chef), singing (CBS? Rock Star, NBC?s America?s Got Talent) or modeling ability (CW?s America?s Next Top Model).

But how does that old saying go? ?Judge not, lest ye be judged??

It?s prime time to turn the tables on these arbiters of entertainment, and figure out which of the Idol judges is their muse. We critique the criticism they dole out:

American Idol

Simon Cowell: The British brute, who was also a judge on American Idol predecessor Pop Idol and is now the very wealthy producer on American Idol, America's Got Talent, The X Factor and more, is not afraid of hurting feelings, especially if a punch line is at stake. But his harsh words are often on target.

You decide Tell us who you think is most accurate at baltimoresun.com/judges.

sarah.kelber@baltsun.com

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