Nigel Lythgoe: Final Auditions Before Top 20 are Chosen is Today, “I Will Always Err Towards the Talent”

Nigel Lythgoe tweets,

“Today is a big day The #Idol team meets the press in Pasadena this morning and then we hold the final auditions before the top 20 are chosen…I’m sure you all get tired of us saying “the best talent ever” “it’s going to be the best season” “blah, blah.” The irony is, they are GREAT”

“…we don’t have an elevator this year but we do have a very ‘lonely’ chair. 50% of the people sitting on it will be going home.”


In the meantime, Nigel  spoke with AdWeek about the changes coming with Season 10.

According to Nigel, UMG exec and mentor, Jimmy Iovine will be “shaping the music” on Idol along with the executive producers.   As mentor, Iovine will act as a truth teller.

If there’s a Simon Cowell on the new team,   I think it’s going to be Jimmy.

“If you get the talent right, then more people will be invested in watching this journey, ” says Nigel, “But, if the judging is no good, you lose something from it as well. ”

“I will always err towards the talent…they are the ones that give credibility to the show at the end of the day.”

If Nigel reshapes Idol based on that sentiment, there’s hope for the aging show yet…

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