Next stop: Austin, Texas. And here’s where I point out that I don’t really miss Simon. I am, of course, focusing all of my attention on Steven Tyler, so that could be one reason. But I think all of the judges have reasonable critiques, and even Randy has graduated from “mumble, mumble, for me, for you, dawg” to an honest criticism. He’s no longer just filler, is what I’m saying. He tries to get attention, too, because most contestants gush over Steven or Jennifer, so he riffs a lot on “yep, me too, handsome and thin as ever.” The panel does seem nicer, but maybe they just have more people to be nice to. I don’t know. What I do know is that no rejected contestant screams “It’s called American Idol, why don’t you go back to England, you blah blah blah.” And I don’t miss that at all.