This has been bugging me for awhile now. Why are judges allowed to watch the practices? Wouldn't it be better if they watched the performances during the competition without preconceived notions about the routines? Patrick Chan alluded to the fact the judges knew from practices what he was really capable of at SC. And today, Tessa Virtue said they got really good feedback from the judges in practice sessions. Does this bug anyone else or are there valid reasons for the judges being at practices?