November 15, 2008 05:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Nigel Lythgoe may have left his position as Executive producer of American Idol, but his voice is echoing loud and clear from the sidelines and he isn’t happy about the show’s addition offourth judge, Kara DioGuardi. “I think she’s a lovely lady, and I think she’s relevant and up to date, but, personally, I would never have done it, Lythgoe told the New York Post in a Thursday report.
“I don’t like fourth judges,” Lythgoe said, according to the Post. “I think once you’ve been told ‘You suck,’ you don’t need to be told another three times.”
Lythgoe, who served as an executive producer for all of Idol’s first seven editions, told the newspaper he had approved the show’s use of fourth judges in the past, but said they had all been temporary and not a regular member of the show’s cast.
“We’ve had lots of fourth judges, as guests, which was OK for me because they would be in one show and then you get rid of them the next,” Lythgoe told the Post.
Fox announced the permanent position of the Grammy-nominated songwriter and former The One: Making a Music Star judge Kara DioGuardi in August and stated that she would be joining Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson as a regular judge during the Idol’s eighth-season.
Lythgoe’s feelings may be from past experiences with fourth judges on American Idol. The show had tried to add a permanent fourth judge back in 2002. New York radio personality and recording artist Angie Martinez, joined the team but quit after only five days of auditions during the second season of the show.
Lythgoe also told the Post that he was confident that SimonCowell would make the right decisions to keep the show successful, and added that Cowell’s work on America’s Got Talent, and the UK’s X-Factor had led to them both becoming successful.
However, Lythgoe also stated that Cowell had “never produced anything on television” and should be careful not to overstep his bounds.
“At the end of the day, you have to leave it for the producers to produce, because if you’re in it, you’re seeing it from a completely different perspective and he’s going to need to realize that,” he told the Post. “Sometimes you can’t see the woods through the trees and you tend to lose the most important thing, which is so often forgotten: common sense.”
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