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American Idol Producer Nigel Lythgoe Discusses New Season And Addresses Rumors

October 12, 2010 01:00 PM by Allyson Wells

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The new American Idol Season is underway filming and recent reports have been floating around about how thick the tension is between the new judges and Randy Jackson has taken over Simon Cowell’s role as the mean judge. However, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is disputing those reports and claims that American Idol is finally back to being fun, although he does admit Randy is like Simon now.

Lythgoe recently told TV Guide Magazine, “It’s a whole different atmosphere now. Everything is so positive. I think the last couple of years, because everyone was always so worried about ratings and Simon going or Simon not going, it ceased being fun.”

Lythgoe believes that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler make the show more like it used to be when Paula Abdul was on with Randy Jackson and Cowell. “I love three judges first off, and I think the chemistry is great in comparison to where it went in the last few seasons. Randy’s come out of the shadows. I’m really happy with Randy. Randy is Simon Cowell now. Stephen is a lot of fun. And Jennifer just cares. She is like Paula with the caring but she’s a little tougher.”

Lythgoe directly addresses the reported tension between Jennifer and Ryan Seacrest. “I say that Jennifer can flutter her eyelashes and Ryan can’t so he’s madly jealous about that, and she wears a different pair of shoes every day which are fantastic and Ryan’s only got one pair so that’s why the feuding started.”

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