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American Idol’s Nigel Lythgoe to Jennifer Lopez: “You’ve Got To Start Making Decisions”

May 18, 2012 02:29 PM by Shayla Perry

Jennifer Lopez may not be sure if she’s coming back to American Idol when it returns for its 12th season on FOX, but the show’s producer, Nigel Lythgoe definitely has an opinion as to what she should do. What does he think, and does he have a replacement in mind should Lopez walk away?

Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe doesn’t think that Jennifer Lopez is leaving American Idol, but if she does, he admits that it’ll “mean a great deal to the show.”

“I’ve said in the past, we’ve got the world’s most beautiful judge, somebody who speaks from her heart. Somebody who I trust their integrity,” Lythgoe tells E! News. “It would mean starting all over again with a new judge and getting them up to speed. It’s not easy. It’s not easy criticizing people and doing it in a manner that isn’t just chopping their knees from underneath them, but hopefully coaching them.”

While many sources have said that J. Lo’s upcoming tour and “busy schedule” could force her to leave the show, Nigel argues that this is obviously an issue for any artist — including Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson, and the always busy Ryan Seacrest.

The bottom line: Jennifer has some thinking to do.

“You’ve got to start making decisions: Do I want to carry on doing this? Do I want to go off and make movies?” Lythgoe explains. “She’s had a wonderful resurgence with being the most beautiful woman in the world, two No. 1 records, she’s doing brilliantly,” he continues. “She’s going to have to balance everything up.”

In the meantime, Nigel says that he’s not even thinking about a replacement for Lopez right now, telling E!, “I do not have people in mind. I only do that when I’m forced to do it.”

What do you think RTVM: IF Jennifer Lopez were to leave American Idol, who would you like to see in her spot at the judges’ table next season?

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