They don't need to just give great cuts, they need to show they're well rounded in dealing with dogs in general, which is why they have tests like grooming uncooperative/aggressive dogs, puppies, specific breeds etc. They have a professional groomer to judge the cuts, a veterinary to judge how they handled the dog in ways appropriate for their health/breed, a guest judge tailored for each challenge (Publisher of magazines they are competing to be in, a trainer for difficult dog episodes, etc) and considering the fact it IS a reality show, a judge to be a jerk. It makes good TV.I think the judges, (aside from Joey Villiani) know nothing about grooming, and really have no respectable input in most cases. I don't like Xavier at all...pompous and rude and knows nothing about everyday grooming..His online bio doesn't even talk about dogs, but instead about him trying to become an actor....And the vet...again, knows as much about grooming as I do about spaying and neutering a dog. I just don't think they are qualified to judge a GROOMING show..but its those same judges again this season. The info and previews are up on the Animal Planet website.