'Idol' Producer Proposes New Judges Every Year
By ROBERT PACE
July 26, 2012
With American Idol's recent game of musical chairs to find judges to fill two vacant seats, one of which has now been filled by Mariah Carey, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has a proposition that would make selection process much easier for all parties involved.
"For me, I would change the judges every single year," Lythgoe said when being interviewed about So You Think You Can Dance, which he also produces. "[I'd] do a big night of 'Here are your judges this year!' I think it would make an awful lot easier and it would help negotiate across a year rather than at the last minute."
As for his current producing job, So You Think You Can Dance, Lythgoe revealed that he hasn't yet deciphered any frontrunners in the competition, and said it was "too early to call it" with so many talented dancers left in the competition.
Host Cat Deeley and judge Mary Murphy expressed duplicate thoughts about the talent in the competition but were all excited to see who it going to win this season. Deeley spoke about the show's new format, which has eliminated the results shows that stood for all previous eight seasons.
"I love the new format," she said. "Ask me again in six weeks time when we've fallen off air and I have not made it to the end of the show...but it's very exciting because there's so much momentum to it. I have to keep it moving without feeling like I'm rushing the judges."
Lythgoe also expressed excitement about the new format, but said that he would like for the show to eventually have more air time instead of being so condensed.
"We don't have any padding in the show now and you don't have to give up two nights of your week-- you can just watch everything in one night, so I 'm thrilled with that," he said. "It was very rushed last week and I'd like to try and get more time."
So You Think You Can Dance continues next Wednesday at 8 p.m. on FOX.