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Nigel Lythgoe may return to 'American Idol,' but judges may be gone




American Idol may be looking for to spice up the show now that Simon Cowell has left, but that could mean the current judges panel is doomed, the Hollywood Reporter says. Somewhere, Paula Abdul is laughing hysterically.

THR says former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, who left the show after six seasons and is currently running So You Think You Can Dance?, is poised to return as producer next season. Okay, that’s no biggie. However, this is the same guy who last spring said that, in the event Cowell left the show, the entire panel should be swept clean and three new ones should be chosen. Ooh! Ooh! We've got dibs on anyone from the cast of Police Academy!

Among the names being thrown around: Justin Timberlake and Elton John. Can they actually use current recording stars to do that? That would make way too much sense. Fox’s media people aren't commenting, but they will probably have to face the music next week when the annual TV critic press tour starts. Think they'll be at all curious?

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[Last modified: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:52pm]


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