Nigel Lythgoe Returns as Producer on American Idol 2011

American Idol 2011 may have lost its Simon, but its gained a Nigel Lythgoe. Lythgoe, former producer of Idol, has returned to regain his role in the Idol think-tank told AP about why he wanted to return to the show he left behind:

“Since we launched the original ‘Pop Idol’ in England, I’ve remained close with Simon Fuller,” Lythgoe said. “‘American Idol’ became a juggernaut of epic proportions, but to me it was always like home. I am elated and honored to be rejoining childhood friend and fellow executive producer Ken Warwick, and look forward to creating more magic.”

Creating more magic? I’m guessing it’s more like “creating more cash!” Lythgoe’s return to American Idol 2010 could definitely be a big help as the show still struggles to lock down its judges for the season. Rumor has it that Steven Tyler is no longer in the running. Could Harry Connick, Jr. be back on the short list? I’m still thinking Bret Michaels, but maybe that’s just me.




  1. Hello Matt,
    Do we know yet if they are going with 3 or 4 judges?
    I am happy to see Nigel back with AI……He did wonders for SYTYCD, maybe he can help AI get back to where it was…….It would have been nice to get Paula back but thats not happening……Frankly, I just can't wait for the AI season to start……..and maybe this season there will be another ADAM……Stay tuned!!!!! and MATT thanks for the updates.

  2. I agree,I know Nigel will be good for AI,I hope he will continue to grow SYTYCD,
    I still think to date, SYTYCD is the better show,they have a great array of guest Judges who are experts.
    Nigel Thompson

  3. I think they should bring in Will Smith. He has a great personality and understands music. I'm sure his fee would be high but they make enough money of that show to afford him.

  4. So glad that Steven Tyler is off the table. He's wrong for Idol on so many levels. The same could be said about Bret Michaels. He was a poor judge on Nashville Star, made inappropriate comments and added nothing. Plus with his ongoing medical issues, he's a bad risk contractually. I'd like to see Cher or Billy Joel on the panel.

  5. How about ex-American Idols. I think either Carrie Underwood or Clay Aiken would make a good 3rd Judge, not to replace Simon but to complement the other 2 professional Judges, like Randy or other pro Judge. There should be a mixture of Judges. Randy is good in his expertise and recording artist. Another Judge for showmanship,dancing,etc, and a 3rd Judge from ex-Idols for improvements and tips on confidence etc.

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