'American Idol' producers trying to plan 'Idol' all-stars special
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 02/09/2007
American Idol aficionados brace yourselves -- executive producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed that he has approached Fox about a plan that would combine an Idol all-stars special with the sixth season's frequently mentioned but still undetailed songwriting competition.
"It's something I'm trying to make work this season," Lythgoe told reporters during a Thursday conference call. "My idea was give me 10 songs and I will bring back 10 Idol finalists to sing them on a special and then America can really see them. Rather than just have them on the web and download them or whatever."
"Let's see Constantine Maroulis again. Let's see Ace Young. Let's see Vonzell [Solomon] and Tamyra Gray and all the great people we voted for over the years. I'd love to do that and with good reason at the end of the day for doing it, which is to produce the song that the next American Idol's gonna sing."
However just because Lythgoe is sharing his idea with reporters doesn't mean it's going to happen. "I've pitched to Fox and they have yet to come back to me to say yes or no," Lythgoe added.
During the sixth season of Idol, producers are planning on holding a national songwriting competition open to both signed or unsigned songwriters, which would determine the original song heard by millions of Americans as they watch the Final 2 finalists perform when the show's sixth season ends in May.