Although Tyler has occasionally referred to Broadway-type warbling (whatever that is) in what sounds like slightly disparaging terms, all three judges repeatedly encourage the contestants to follow their personal interests and every time the advice is taken offer copious congratulations.
Unlike previous years, when contestants were strong-armed into areas with which they were clearly ill-at-ease -- and the phrases "old-fashioned" and "too cabaret" abounded -- this year Scotty Mc Creery, for instance, is patted on the back for sticking to country music -- although he shows talent for spreading himself wider in terms of material.
Supported in their tastes and convictions by Jackson, Tyler and Lopez -- who may be the most astute judge who's ever occupied a panel seat -- the participants do well with astonishing consistency and with noticeably fewer melismas.
Earlier this summer the singer made headlines when he accidentally took a loaded gun to the airport.
The American Idol champion, 23, popped the question to his long-time love during a hike in North Carolina.
'I've been planning this moment for so long that it feels surreal for it to have finally happened,' the singer said in a statement on Tuesday.
Among the others, Abrams gets nods for hewing to a love for music pre-dating the advent of rock 'n' roll.
Whoever makes the top-ranked Fox program's behind-the-scenes decisions is at no time explained by host Ryan Seacrest, a much more palatable presence now that he can no longer challenge a taunting Cowell and regularly fall short of the mark.