"We're artists so we know what it’s like to be in that scenario where we're laying our ... we're pouring our heart out on the line," he says. "And you know, we revert back to how people handled us in our path to get here. So, I think we ran long on our first day because we were really, really careful."
"We were sensitive to people's dreams," Perry agrees. "Like, these are people's little dream."
Meanwhile, Richie echoes that the judges will be taking a kinder approach.
"Think about it for a moment. Barbra Streisand walks out on stage and you say that performance sucked. She's never gonna see you again," Richie muses. "You have to understand we're artists. We can encourage -- in other words, we won't let you go through right now but come back in two years. Do you follow me? Or, maybe singing may not be your skill. You can say it that was as opposed to saying, 'I hate it. You'll never work again in this business,' where you just killed a kid."