I don't agree. This year's runner up to win the whole thing, was only 16. Like it or not the show is geared toward teeny-boppers and I am sure that having younger singers on the show, helps in the ratings. It's not about finding the best talent, It's about getting as many people as possible to tune into the show and raise the dollar value of the advertising time. The main thing AI needs is some tighter production, last year there where too many episodes that seemed to drag on about 15 minutes too long because of empty filler.