Sometimes it works. Sometimes it just sets off a series of mini-explosions.
But, in theory at least, the more time people spend together, the more they realize that "hey, *this* person might not be my cup of tea, but there are a lot of other people who enjoy what they are doing!"
For some people, that will just lead them to the conclusion that those other people are (at best) *Wrong*. ;)
Hopefully though, on some level, they realize that taste is completely and utterly subjective. How many times have you seen a blogger (out there in the Blog/Tumblr/Reddit/Yahoo) universe attached for "bad writing" by people who don't seem to be able to form whole sentences themselves.
It's a shield some folks put up, as a defense mechanism against the rest of the world. They cloud the mirror so that their own reflection can't be seen, so they don't have to deal with it... instead, they act out and lash out.
Have we seen that in Idol. Sure. But I also think that we've seen a lot more personal growth and introspection. People learning from each other, and growing up enough to realize that they *don't* have all the answers, and "good" doesn't start and end with their own personal definitions of it.
Taste is subjective - my tastes are the only one that truly matters. ;)
Well, those and the ones of the cannibal family living in the room next door. They are who greets you when you opt out of the "Home Game".
But other than that - people like what they like, and isn't that a really cool thing?
It's on full display over at: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/682110.html