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American Idol: Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe Says The Talent This Year Is Stronger Than Ever

February 02, 2011 10:00 AM by Lisa Princ

As season ten of American Idol on FOX gets underway with more auditions tonight, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says the talent this year is stronger than ever before. In fact, in a recent interview Nigel says if we thought Lauren Alaina’s audition was incredible, we haven’t seen anything yet. Keep reading for more details on what else Nigel Lythgoe had to say about this season!

American Idol has undergone many changes this season, but executive producer Nigel Lythgoe assures us that the talent this season is the best yet as he reveals some thoughts about the new season in a recent interview. Nigel told the Hollywood Reporter that “You haven’t really seen how strong the talent is yet. We can afford to lose 10 great ones this year because they’re that good!” Nigel goes on to share that this season is all about bringing the fun back into the show and he sees that happening without Simon, but with a fresh new set of judges – along with Randy of course.

As for Simon Cowell, Nigel Lythgoe had a lot to say about him as well as he talks about how the show was getting to dark with Simon’s constant nasty remarks to contestants. He goes on to say “I think Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are both stars in their own right. You forget that we’ve had this train wreck that was following Simon, and then Simon disassociated himself from the show over the last few years, turned his back on the strange people they brought in to judge. So I knew it was going to be better than people expected.” He adds that the show has never been about Simon and he was the one person not worried when people told him to give up on Idol after Simon’s departure.

Be sure to tune in next tonight at 8 pm EST for more auditions in Texas on American Idol on FOX!

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2 Responses to “American Idol: Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe Says The Talent This Year Is Stronger Than Ever”

  1. Larry F. Aranda Says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Mr. Nigel Lythgoe,

    Sir Nigel, could you ask Mr. Steve Perry to be the mentor for 2011 American Idol. Thank you Sir.

    Larry F. Aranda

  2. lynn wood Says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    American Idol is a pleasure with Steven and Jennifer. Steven is really awesome and Jennifer is kind and caring as is Steven. I am glad to see Randy take the lead. It has been amazing watching these 3 work together. THANKS TO WHOEVER GOT THEM TOGETHER, BECAUSE I THINK IT WILL BE AN AMAZING YEAR. (I’D love to see Steven and that girl that sang her parents favorite song sing together.



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