Originally Posted by Phizal
I just erased several paragraphs of insightful thoughts on this topic, but deleted it. I'm not being sarcastic. I didn't want to seem like I was ranting when I wasn't. Why were the judges not facing the speakers during music competition?!
Orchestration, style, melodies will always leave more of impression on listeners. In my opinion anyway.
You know, it wasn't so much that the judges were behind the speakers that bugged me. The judges aren't dumb, they know they're not listening from the best spot, so they know how to listen. I felt bad for the producers. They listen to everyone else's stuff in front of the speakers - but for their stuff they get on stage which is behind the speakers. Suddenly all the high end drops off from their vantage point :(