Besides a couple on the judge panel, Frank Thomas is the only one I could say have the inside knowledge of the subject.
What qualifies an EX football player ( whom mouth off most often and looked like an expert ), a golf company president and a tour player has to say about technology, conforming issue and hot buttons for marketing in such a competitive segment ?
Most of us on this board could probably sit on that panel, if , we have the "personality" , " charisma".
Like a few personalities on the Food Channel Network
Whom had no back ground nor experience in the kitchen, landed the hosting roll for a cooking show...... Why ?
Because the general public is not well informed and take things at face value. And their "face" attracts the audience.