Ex-'American Idol' producer: I'd dump all the judges and start over
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/22/2010
Nigel Lythgoe claims if he was still serving as anAmerican Idol executive producer than fans of the Fox reality series would see sweeping changes next season.
"I'd lose the fourth judge, I don't like four judges. I'd keep Ryan Seacrest and probably change the whole panel to go with [Elton John]," Lythgoe toldThe New York Post in a recent interview.
"The one thing everyone forgets is that Idol is an onion, it has many layers, but it's about the talent. I think we'd forgotten that a bit -- thank goodness for Adam Lambert because he was an outstanding talent that people could talk about."
Lythgoe -- who served as an American Idol executive producer for the show's first seven seasons -- had previously stated his desire for John to replace Simon Cowell, who will end his American Idol judging role after its currently airing ninth season to launch his British The X Factor reality competition series for Fox in Fall 2011.
"If I were doing it, I'd get Elton John! He is fabulous," Lythgoe told The Post.
"I've done a number of shows with him and Elton is amazing. Even when the cameras aren't rolling. He's quick-witted, honest and obviously he has an incredible pedigree of music. He's the ideal and I think he'd actually be better than Simon."