Nigel Lythgoe says Idol Will Change ‘Quite a Bit’ This Year

A few sound bites from Nigel Lythgoe who attended the Carousel of Hope ball last night at the Beverly Hills Hilton.  (Read more at E Online)

On Randy Jackson becoming the “new Simon Cowell” (Who suggested that?)

“There are no roles to play, ” Lythgoe said last night at the Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton hotel. “Randy is Randy. People have said to me, ‘Who’s the new Simon?’ Well, Simon’s Simon. There’s no one else like Simon…Randy has become the elder statesman now. He is the one that says, ‘Who do you think?’ He’s taken control of the panel.”

OK. So I’m totally expecting Randy to expand his vocabulary beyond “Yo Dawg” in Season 10.  Don’t let me down, dude.

And regarding changes for Idol this season? Nigel says the show will change ‘quite a bit’:

“Like those whole middle rounds where you get to choose from 34 and you don’t know who they are, ” he said. “We’re going to try to get more of a sense of the singers, so we care a little more.”

Thirty-four? Is that a mis-print, or does Nigel forget how many contestants usually compete in the middle rounds?

“Getting to know the contestants better” sounds like the complete opposite of what the producers, regrettably, tried to do during Season 8 when they had a different set of 8 contestants compete evey week in the semis.  I’m remaining cautiously optimistic.

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20 Comments

  1. Sorry… I still don’t want to “get to know” the contestants. I’d rather those with talent get put through over personality. Since this is a reality show and not necessarily about showcasing talent, I wish they would just go straight to selecting the top 12. They are still going to want specific rolls to be played. Let’s just cut to the chase and get it over with.

  2. I don’t mind a little backstory . . .as long as it has something to do with their career plans as a singer. I don’t care that they are single parents, or suffer from some rare disease. However, if they’ve done session singing, or worked as a backup singer, performed in fairs and such; sure, I can go with that.

  3. Actually Nigel: Randy’s been the one semi-conducting the panel for years: he would give his critique, pass it to Paula/Kara/Ellen and then when they were done, say “Cowell?” to push Simon to say something.
    So that’s not new. Thanks for hoping we weren’t paying attention.

  4. Sorry… I still don’t want to “get to know” the contestants. I’d rather those with talent get put through over personality. Since this is a reality show and not necessarily about showcasing talent, I wish they would just go straight to selecting the top 12. They are still going to want specific rolls to be played. Let’s just cut to the chase and get it over with.

    Since the show is on every week for several months, it is hard for the focus not to be on who the contestants are. Many may not like it, but AI is a tv show, and is just like many other serialized shows. Even in the real world, those who have commercial success are the ones who promote/market both themselves and their music.

  5. It sounds like Nigel will change the show to try to get viewers more invested in supporting their favorite contestants. More emotional investment = more voters/votes.

  6. OK. So I’m totally expecting Randy to expand his vocabulary beyond “Yo Dawg” in Season 10. Don’t let me down, dude.

    that’s funny mj!
    Looking forward to those changes. I think we should have fun with this new season

  7. I like getting to know the contestants. That’s what I loved about Seasons 7-9. Then again, I don’t remember Season 6 or seasons before it very well.

  8. I think they cut down on the getting to know the contestants part in Seasons 8 and 9, because they cut down on the lenght of the shows. I remember that the shows were 1 1/2 -2 hours in season 7, but in 8 or 9, they cut the show down to an hour, so there was little extra time until they got down to the end. And actually, in Season 8 they had more interviews on the internet.

  9. fuzzywuzzy:
    More emotional investment = more voters/votes.

    It may well mean more votes, but more voters? Maybe not. I think some back stories can be sappy enough to actually turn potential voters off. Anyway, enough votes for the person with the most poignant back story in spite of talent level may be the surest way to guarantee a winner who will have a mediocre career at best.

  10. Sorry… I still don’t want to “get to know” the contestants. I’d rather those with talent get put through over personality. Since this is a reality show and not necessarily about showcasing talent, I wish they would just go straight to selecting the top 12. They are still going to want specific rolls to be played. Let’s just cut to the chase and get it over with.

    Well then, it wouldn’t be American Idol, would it? If you’d rather have personality-free robots singing with good voices, try another show.

    I think some back stories can be sappy enough to actually turn potential voters off.

    Yep. Think Danny Gokey. Thankfully for Danny, he didn’t have to win or even be in the Top 2 to be successful and he’s shutting people up every day with his ongoing success.

  11. Getting to know the contestants doesn’t necessarily mean backstories, it could just mean questions to the contestants. I remember that Season 7 they would just ask questions to the contestants, like an embarrasing moment, what kind of music they grew up on, weirdest job, things like that. And for Season 8, they had interviews with the contestants on an ipod app. The interviews were mainly about musical influences, sometimes why they picked the song they did, and questions like that. I kind of liked those interviews, because it did show the direction the contestants would go in with their music.

  12. Sorry… I still don’t want to “get to know” the contestants

    I agree, if it’s the fake, scripted backstories and prepared interviews. I like seeing their personalities, though, and the backstory of the actual competition: I’d welcome more footage of them working up their songs, dealing with the various coaches, etc. It would be filtered through an edit process, but it would be interesting to see how people worked.

    Speaking of that, with the various tips about the new show, what’s been said about the new band and band leader? I’ve not noticed anything, but then, I don’t read everything, either.

  13. I think this show has pretty much “jumped the shark” (over stayed its’ welcome). Now with the more highly anticipated X-Factor, I think Season 10 will be it for American Idol. I mean, it barely survived Season 9. I just hope the final winner will more like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. I don’t think the industry can take another guy in a plaid shirt, singer song writer type that plays the guitar.

  14. I don’t think the industry can take another guy in a plaid shirt, singer song writer type that plays the guitar.

    Because John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and Jack Johnson aren’t selling any cds.

    I haven’t seen any anticipation for X Factor. I doubt that too many people even know that it is coming, or are even aware of the show. And while the ratings were down last year for AI, they didn’t start to slide until we got to the top ten, before that they were on par with the last two years.

  15. I think Season 10 will be it for American Idol. I mean, it barely survived Season 9

    How did it barely survive season 9? It was still always the number 1 or number 2 show of the week…..

    Sorry… I still don’t want to “get to know” the contestants.

    I just don’t believe this is true for most people who watch this show. Otherwise you wouldn’t see so many threads on here filled with what ex idol contestants are tweeting, or wearing, or where they are, or information about their respective families. People want to know about the contestants, they want to form a connection with them. Nigel isn’t saying he is going to fill the show will sob stories, just that he wants an increased connection between the audience and the contestants in the middle rounds.

  16. Pet Peeve: when people whose job it is to produce/judge a show don’t know details about the show. Really, is it that hard to learn simple facts about the show you’re doing, like how many contestants you have on the show? Or Simon not being able to remember any of the contestants’ names?

  17. OK. So I’m totally expecting Randy to expand his vocabulary beyond “Yo Dawg” in Season 10. Don’t let me down, dude.

    Unfortunately, I think you probably nailed it, mj. … Randy’s vocabulary will expand to include not only “Yo dawg,” but “Don’t let me down, dude.”

    I wish I had more faith in Randy, but as he’s been increasingly sleepy for eight seasons now, I’m not sure I believe that he can wake up any more. …. Plus, I keep thinking about that awful album he produced a couple of years ago, where the production betrayed an unfortunate inability to know where a song should start or end and a fatal attraction to the screechiest parts of every female voice he recorded.

    Plus, he’s going to have two very strong personalities — and has-been superstars — giving him the evil eye should he attempt to be the strongest judge on the panel, I’ll bet. Those are two pretty big egos who are joining him. I expect that they’ll try to subtly keep him in his lower-profile place.

  18. I don’t mind getting to know the singers better as long as their back stories are not used to milk sympathy votes.

  19. I agree, if the stories are fake, scripted, manipulated and obviously prepared, they lose their appeal. I like things to happen naturally. I don’t mind having a backstory told once or twice, but expect new things as the season goes on.

    Can Randy really be a leader? I hope so!

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