Continuing problems with the show, for me:
1) The by-now familiar "survivor" format of the reality television show is geared to create purely artificial tensions and brings out the worst aspects of competition under pressure;
2) the hideous background music, scored to heighten tension and stimulate the purely artificial drama;
3) the time constraints. Whoever heard of artists working under such absurd and, again, artificial constraints, which have more to do with the requirements of the "show" than with the creative process;
4) a set-up that in effect reverses what I think of as the artist's way of working, where the impetus and the driving force come from within. I suppose you could argue that the Italian Renaissance artists were given "assignments" by their patrons, clerical or laic. But we are not living in the Renaissance; and their deadlines were not quite so immediate!
5) A judging system which cannot but be influenced by considerations other than the quality of work. I can't believe that race and gender don't play a role in the decisions, not considerations of personalities and the drama they engender.
That said, the judges this week did manage to come up with some slightly more intelligent and penetrating insights. I'll keep watching. In the meantime, I'm wondering if others are keeping an eye on this series, and what they think about it. I'm sure that many artists, like myself, are fully aware that there's a lot of judgment about "art as reality TV" to be suspended before we can start having fun. The show has really little to do with the art world that I know and love. It has more to do with television, which I love a good deal less.