Shirtless, Andrew
I think they're actually doing it on purpose to distract from the fact that they don't have a viable formula for a successful winner..thus any reason for great people to keep auditioning. So they keep selling it with the judges at the forefront and as along as the ratings are there the exposure will justify the fact that most contestants know it's nothing but a foot in the door.

I mean I agree. I just think they're fully aware and are gonna milk it for all it's worth.