I have followed most past seasons of <i>American Idol</i>, and am watching thecurrent one and for the most part enjoying it.But the new judging rules seem couterintuitive and the new season is, it must beadmitted, almost boring in comparison to previous seasons.Ratings are down, I read. This doesn't surprise me.I wanted to put a suggestion in the <i>American Idol</i> SUGGESTIONS box.I know there's no such thing, but pretend it exists!One of the most tiresome things is the way the judges repeat themselves in theirpithy summations of their assessments of <i>Idol</i> performances.We not only know what the judges are going to say in most cases, but with whatwords they are going to say it!Their verbiage is now approximately ninety percent standby cliche, seven percentfiller and three percent original thought.I got to thinking on this, and I realized what we need are an <i>American Idol</i>version of IATA codes.I used to work at DHL Worldwide Express back in the days before they swallowedAirborne and so many other competititors, and I helped them build their EvilEmpire here in America.We used IATA codes to route all our domestic and international packages.I used to know most of them by heart, but no longer. And sometimes they changeover time.What, you may ask, are IATA codes?I'll let Wikipedia explain: "An IATA airport code, also known an IATA locationidentifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier, is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by theInternational Air Transport Association (IATA). The characters prominentlydisplayed on baggage tags attached at airport check-in desks are an example of away these codes are used."For example, Dublin Airport is DUB. That one's easy enough. But they can't beduplicated so you have some odd ones for others. For example, Dubuque Airportcan't have DUB also, so it is DBQ for Dubuque Regional Airport.Here are my suggestions for some IATA codes that <i>American Idol</i> judges mightuse to let us know where exactly <i>they are going</i> with their criticism, andsave us the misery of that boilerplate verbiage they favor so much.Judges could press the appropriate buttons to cue these criticism codes whichcould show on a console in front of their judging desk, or possibly in some publicpart of the stage. Of course, this could unnerve any singer who chose to look atit, so the wisest thing to do would be for singers to ignore this while they sing,unless the show felt the additional pressure would be "interesting" and "funny."Judges could press one or several buttons to give a multipartite criticalassessment.