February 07, 2012 05:53 PM by Shayla Perry
While the entertainment world is buzzing about The Voice‘s record-breaking season premiere, Nigel Lythgoe is busy giving himself a much-deserved pat on the back as he reminds reporters that even with a drop in ratings, other shows would kill for the numbers American Idol is bringing in after eleven years on FOX. Find out what else Lythgoe had to say about The Voice – both good and bad – Idol‘s lasting impact on television in general, and why it’s “still America’s number one show…so far” in his recent interview.
Here’s what Idol boss Nigel Lythgoe had to say….
On The Voice‘s stellar season premiere: “My thoughts on The Voice at the moment – I think it’s a fun program. It’s very gimmicky, which is interesting at this moment in time. I particularly like the relationship between Blake [Shelton] and Adam [Levine]. Other than that, I think they need stronger talent…we’ll see.”
On America’s “singing show fatigue”: “We all said that we would not ever do two series of Idol a year. We said that right from the beginning, and we never have done it. Now of course, with The X Factor sitting there, it feels like two Idol seasons on FOX and The Voice is there, plus other shows are still waiting to come in. So, of course there’s going to be viewer fatigue. It’s the same as too many science fiction dramas or too many hospital dramas. But all I can say is that after eleven years, I don’t think we should be defending ourselves. I think we should be still saying, ‘Isn’t it fantastic that we’re still America’s number one show…so far.’”
On upcoming changes to Idol: “There’s going to be changes because obviously we’re not doing the Beatles show again this year, we’re going to the Elvis stage in Vegas and we are going to Le Reve to do our ‘Green Mile’ show. Other than that, there are no changes to the format at this time. I mean we constantly look at it and tweak it, but no, I don’t see that we need any changes at this time.”
On Idol‘s impact on the entertainment world: “I think shows like Idol certainly are [impacting scripted television]; especially as Katharine McPhee is the star [of Smash]; that Kelly Clarkson is being pulled in to mentor on The Voice. I feel like we’re turning stars out. And my other program, So You Think You Can Dance, is feeding Dancing with the Stars. So, I feel in a wonderful position to come over here and create future stars for American television.”
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