Well, the kitty-cat’s out of the bag – not that it was ever in the bag for long. The rumours have flown all over the internet.
In fact, Nigel Lythgoe himself inadvertently referred to American Idol during last week’s judging comments on So You Think You Can Dance. It was one of those great “oops” moments that live television loves to capture for its viewers.
And so, according to Ryan Seacrest’s Facebook page, Nigel Lythgoe will return as an executive producer of “American Idol,” television’s No. 1 series, joining executive producers Simon Fuller, Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Ken Warwick for the milestone 10th anniversary season of American Idol, premiering January 2011 on FOX.
In a press release, Nigel was quoted as saying:
“Since we launched the original ‘Pop Idol’ in England, I’ve remained close with Simon Fuller. Working as executive producer on ‘American Idol’ for its first seven years not only was an inspirational journey into the heart of American pop culture, it opened my eyes to the untapped potential of the incredibly dynamic young people in this world. I have been able to continue discovering raw talent on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ which I co-created with Simon,” said Lythgoe. “’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.”
So, there you have it, folks. I am pretty excited about this transition and feel that Nigel will point American Idol in the direction that we all wish for this show: stronger focus on the singers.