American Idol 2011 Judges Not Replacing Simon

Nigel Lythgoe, American Idol exec-producer, may have previously stated that he expected Jennifer Lopez to rule the judges panel next season but he doesn’t want anyone to expect a Simon-like replacement. Now if you were hoping for Randy Jackson to be transformed in to something more “elder”, oh, and he’ll be leading the judges now after all:

“There are no roles to play,” Lythgoe said last night at the Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton hotel. “Randy is Randy. People have said to me, ‘Who’s the new Simon?’ Well, Simon’s Simon. There’s no one else like Simon…Randy has become the elder statesman now. He is the one that says, ‘Who do you think?’ He’s taken control of the panel.”

So which is it, Nigel? Jennifer or Randy? I’m guessing next week we’ll have a sound bite from Lythgoe telling us how Steven Tyler is now in front of the pack and calling the shots.

On a more useful note, Nigel also mentions that he’s working to help us care more about the American Idol 2011 contestants before they’re dreams are dashed away. He’s looking for ways to give the audience “more of a sense of the singers, so we care a little more” during the earlier, pre-Top 24 phase.

What do you think? More or less “getting to know” the early stage singers?

Source: E! Online