August 21, 2010 02:00 PM by Nancy Floyd
According to executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, all those peskyÂ American Idol rumors will be coming to an end soon! Time is ticking for the show’s producers as they scramble to find replacements on the judging panel forÂ Simon Cowell,Â Ellen DeGeneres, andÂ Kara DioGuardi. Nigel Lythgoe tellsÂ Ryan Seacrest that the decision will be finalized and announced within three weeks…
All of the speculation about which celebs are joining theÂ American Idol judging panel in season 10 will soon be put to rest. Returning executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, assures fans that the final announcement aboutÂ Â Simon Cowell,Â Ellen DeGeneres, andÂ Kara DioGuardi‘s replacements will be coming soon.
“I guess the decision has got to be made within the next three weeks,” Nigel Lythgoe said on Thursday when he was a guest onÂ Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show.Â ”I think decisions have been made, let’s be honest about this. I think decisions have been made, and negotiations are taking place.”
The producers of American Idol have some big shoes to fill.Â Simon Cowell made his departure at the end of season 9 to focus on his new reality venture,Â X Factor.Â Ellen DeGeneres announced her ownÂ departure from the show last month andÂ Kara DioGuardi has reportedly been fired. Rumors have been buzzing about the addition of big name celebrities like Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr.
“When you are dealing with stars who have other lives to concentrate on, it’s like, ‘I want to take you off the planet and you’ll join us on PlanetÂ American Idol for four months,’ that’s really tough,” Nigel Lythgoe said. “So you’ve got to let them work everything out and, of course, come up with the money that they will appreciate.”
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