My first ever AI season so didn't know about the Paula thing. I thought the guy carrying her like that was kinda bizarre for her being a judge, but passed it off as an "OH well"!
Actually, AI is totally crazy so I'm not too surprised at anything (in the preliminaries at least) Such a bunch of verrry poor candidates was surprising to me at first, then I realized they must do it on purpose to create more drama!!
I'm just happy they're now awwwwn with the show in Hollywood and the judging criteria is LOTS more serious. Now we have the good, better, & best competing, not some lame brains just trying to get attenion!!