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American Idol: What Producer Nigel Lythgoe Plans To Change

August 08, 2010 11:00 AM by Nancy Floyd


With American Idol‘s tenth season looming ahead and judges dropping like flies, the show is bringing back producer Nigel Lythgoe to help steer the ship. Lythgoe, who worked on Idol in the past and serves as executive producer on So You Think You Can Dance, has some big ideas of changes to make to the show. Keep reading for more details on what Nigel Lythgoe thinks about the show, the judges, and the talent…

If Nigel Lythgoe has any say in it, the new judges on American Idol won’t simply be big-name celebrities. He’s more concerned about finding the right chemistry among the panel. ”There are so many [options] being discussed,” he said about possible judges. “I have no idea who the panel is going to be. My advice about it would be: Let’s look at how the panel fits together, rather than the individual attributes of each panel member. At the end of the day, it is that chemistry between them that, to a certain degree, I think has been lacking for a couple of years.”

Although he’s served as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance for the past seven seasons, Nigel Lythgoe has no plans to join the American Idol judging panel, especially not in the former seat of Simon Cowell. “I think it would be wrong for the show to do it,” Nigel says. “You don’t want to attempt to replace what has been there. You want to put something else there and move forward.”

Regardless of who the new judges are, Nigel Lythgoe hopes the focus will shift away from them. ”I want to get the focus off the judges, to be frank with you, and back on the talent,” he said. “It’s the talent that we’ve got to produce. Where is the next Michael Jackson? We have lost a brilliant artist and entertainer in Michael Jackson. We have the opportunity, with this show, of going into America and finding the next Michael Jackson.”

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