American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is back again for the 2012 season and he hopes you enjoyed last season because you’re about to get a whole lot more of it.
When asked for ideas on what would be different for the Idol 2012 season Lythgoe explained not to expect any major changes. Sounds like they’ve find their groove and their going to stick to letting hopefuls do their own thing each week:
“I think we made a lot of tweaks last year,” Lythgoe said. “I’m not sure that we want to make too many more tweaks this year.”
“The biggest change we made last year was to say, `OK, if you’re a country singer you can sing any of these genres in your country style,'” Lythgoe said. “`We’re not going to force you to do rock or anything you can’t do. You can take a Michael Jackson song and turn it country.'”
After all the talk last preseason about not doing themes, we still saw theme after theme and singers trying new niches. I guess it just sounds good to repeat yourself even if it doesn’t mean anything.
Nigel goes on to credit season 10’s freestyle approach to allowing singers like Haley, Casey, Scotty, and Lauren get so far in the competition, an achievement he says might not have happened without those changes.
Are you ready for the January 22nd premiere of American Idol 2012?