nigel lythgoeAmerican Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe in an interview with MTV News has revealed plans to keep the aging series fresh when it returns in 2014 for its 13th season. Unfortunately this seems to be another case of producers looking to cherry pick the best of its competition.

“American Idol is all about finding that singer with the potential to become the next sensation and that all starts at the very beginning with our auditions,” explained Lythgoe.

“This year we saw a lot of drama between the judges which took viewers’ focus off the singers. To try and squash that we’re going to introduce something totally new. Twisting chairs for the judges. When the auditioners come in they’ll be facing the backs of the judges’ chairs, but at the end the judges will twist around to reveal their decisions!”

Wait. This sounds incredibly familiar. When asked to address the obvious similarities Nigel was quick to point out that while the other show’s chairs “spin” in a counter-clockwise direction, the American Idol judges will “twist” in a clockwise manner.

April Fool’s! Get ready for the Top 7′s performances this week on FOX!

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