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IDOL PRODUCER DENIES VOTE RIGGING

April 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe has rebuffed rumors that the show rigs results in order to spark controversy and thereby boost its ratings. The rumors were rekindled last week after the elimination of Pia Toscano, who had been regarded by Las Vegas oddsmakers as the favorite in this season’s competition. Lythgoe said last week that […]

NEW IDOL JUDGES TO BE ANNOUNCED ON WEDNESDAY

September 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In what some writers have suggested will be as forced, awkward and anticlimactic as one of those American Idol finales in which a seeming also-ran is crowned the winner, Fox TV is set to announce the names of the judging panel for next season on Wednesday. For weeks writers have indicated that it is all […]

IDOL HANG-UP: SCHEDULING PROBLEMS?

August 20, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Although it has been widely speculated that the producers of American Idol are withholding an announcement about replacements for Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres in order to encourage water-cooler discussions, returning producer Nigel Lythgoe maintains that actually talks have bogged down over the show’s demanding schedule. Appearing on Ryan Seacrest’s syndicated radio show, Lythgoe said […]

NEW PRODUCER, MENTOR SET FOR IDOL

August 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Nigel Lythgoe, familiar to many viewers as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, is returning as an executive producer of American Idol, the Los Angeles Times reported on its website today (Wednesday), noting that the deal with Lythgoe — he returns after a two-year absence — was completed this afternoon. The newspaper […]

IDOL‘S FUTURE STILL IDLING

August 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

There was no American Idol “results show” at the Television Critics Association summer “tour” on Monday. Critics had expected Fox officials to unveil the new cast of judges and announce other changes for the talent show next season. But Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice would only say that no deals had been signed with anyone […]

LYTHGOE RETURNS TO IDOL AS PRODUCER; JUDGE TOO?

July 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Nigel Lythgoe is returning as executive producer of American Idol, raising speculation that he may also step into Simon Cowell’s shoes as a judge on America’s top-rated entertainment show. Cowell served as a judge on the similar British TV talent show Popstars, where he earned the nickname “Nasty Nigel.” (“I don’t think I am [nasty] […]