Nigel Lythgoe No Longer Wooing Paula Abdul, Suggests Big Changes for American Idol

So You Think You Can Dance producer, Nigel Lythgoe, always good for a juicy soundbite, tells the New York Post’s Popwrap that he’s done trying to woo Paula Abdul onto SYTYCD:

PW: Will you continue to try and woo Paula Abdul onto the show?
Nigel: No. I spent an entire season wooing her and if she was ever going to do it, she would have. The timing was perfect for her and I was rather shocked she didn’t pick up and join us at any point. I mean, Katie Holmes was there, Jennifer Lopez was there. I know we don’t have “Idol” money and so does Paula, but at the end of the day I do plenty of things for no money because I want to support dance. And as an dancer/performer/choreographer, I would have thought she’d like to support us.

And, as a former executive producer of American Idol, he’s got some advice for current producer Ken Warwick: Keep Ryan Seacrest, lose the 4th judge, hire Elton John to replace Simon and…replace the rest of the judges panel!

PW: Any other changes you’d make to the show?
Nigel: I’d lose the fourth judge, I don’t like four judges. I’d keep Ryan Seacrest and probably change the whole panel to go with Elton. The one thing everyone forgets is that “Idol” is an onion, it has many layers, but it’s about the talent. I think we’d forgotten that a bit — thank goodness for Adam Lambert because he was an outstanding talent that people could talk about.

Nigel promises some “shocking” changes ahead for the coming season of So You Think You Can dance, debuting on May 27, but won’t reveal them until he’s got everything in place.

Keep your eye on his twitter, @dizzyfeet–that’s where Nigel says he’ll be releasing the news…

via New York Post

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