Nigel Lythgoe Possibly Returning to ‘American Idol’

nigel_lythgoeNigel Lythgoe is reportedly closing in a deal with Fox regarding a possible return as executive producer of American Idol; a post that he left after the show’s seventh season to concentrate as co-creator and judge on another show So You Think You Can Dance. He also helped start the first of the Idol franchise, Britain’s Pop Idol.

The return might mean trouble with the current panel of judges, which is already hitting the news due to the long-awaited announcement of who will replace Simon Cowell. Lythgoe has been criticizing the show regarding the judging and losing focus, which should be the contestant’s talent. He thinks that the show became all about the judges.

“I think over the last couple of years, the show has been about the judges, whether it was Kara or Paula leaving or Ellen DeGeneres joining. It shouldn’t be about the judges. It should be about the young talent. And once we get that into focus, the show will be successful again,” Lythgoe said to E! News.

Randy Jackson still has a year in his contract. Ellen DeGeneres has only served one year from her multi-year contract. Kara DioGuardi has still not renewed her contract for 2011 as a one-year at a time contract.

Fox refused to make a comment regarding Lythgoe’s return. It is also not known if his return could affect his job with his other show (SYTYCD).

Meanwhile, Cowell’s possible replacement list increased again after reports indicate that Justin Timberlake and Sir Elton John would be competing for the vacant spot alongside Chris Isaak, Bret Michaels and Harry Connick, Jr.