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Nigel Lythgoe Thinks The Fourth Judge On American Idol Could Be A Dud

This season on American Idol the producers have added in a fourth judge, Kara DioGuardi. Nigel Lythgoe thinks this is not such a good idea.

“I don’t like fourth judges,” Lythgoe told The Post yesterday. “I think once you’ve been told ‘You suck,’ you don’t need to be told another three times.”

Australian Idol had a season of four judges and it was not great, they quickly reduced it again to three this year. Mark Holden being the one to be sacked.

Also Nigel Lythgoe gives Simon Cowell a little tickle up, as it appears to have been Simon’s decision to add the extra person.

“But he’s [Simon Cowell] never produced anything on television,” says Lythgoe.
“As an executive producer, he can be an adviser and I think that’s fair enough because he knows what he’s doing.
“But at the end of the day, you have to leave it for the producers to produce, because if you’re in it, you’re seeing it from a completely different perspective and he’s going to need to realize that.

“Sometimes you can’t see the woods through the trees and you tend to lose the most important thing, which is so often forgotten: common sense.”

New York Post article here.

In other Nigel Lythgoe news he reveals to TV Guide that he is developing a new dance show. It would be along the lines of the dance Olympics where dancers from different countries would compete against each other in their specific dance genres. They would then be scored. I presume there would be cash prizes rather then gold medals!

2 comments

1 Anonymous { 11.14.08 at 4:14 pm }

I’m a bit confused. Isn’t Nig one of the key producers – meaning he calls the shots anyway. Anyone can predict 4 judges won’t work as it will make the program even more tedious.

2 Anonymous { 11.15.08 at 8:07 am }

I predict that after one season with four judges, they will cut back the judging panel to 3 members. This is a cleverly designed tactic to get the alcoholic Paula Abdul off the show.