Nigel Lythgoe officially returns to 'American Idol'
Fox finally confirmed what we, and others, have been reporting since last week: Nigel Lythgoe has returned to "American Idol" as executive producer.
He's not replacing anyone; he's joining the show's current producers Simon Fuller, Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Ken Warwick.
Thursday morning, Lythgoe waxed nostalgic about his history with the singing competition franchise:
"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. '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."
Hopefully, he will not, as rumored, become one of "Idol's" new judges, because he clearly cannot give short comments.
Lythgoe was brought back to overhaul the show, which is still the country's most-watched series, but which has taken a ratings tumble over the past two seasons. Wednesday morning, he was quoted telling Variety he wants to bring Paula Abdul back as an "Idol" judge. But Paula, of course, is under contract with CBS to star in her own dance competition series. Lythgoe's obviously going to a big-picture guy, and not get bogged down with such details.
Lisa de Moraes
August 5, 2010; 9:17 AM ET
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