With all the shake ups happening over at American Idol recently with both Simon Cowell and Ellen Degeneres announcing that they would be leaving the popular franchise, Nigel Lithgoe is back as executive producer and wants to bring a familiar face back to the judging panel.
According to Variety, Lithgoe is back this year as executive producer and would like nothing more than to bring Paula Abdul back to the judges table. That might prove to be more difficult however given that Abdul is signed to do a new dance show on CBS.
“I still love Paula,” Lythgoe said. “She’s signed to CBS, probably exclusively, but I’d recommend we have her in a heartbeat.”
The Variety story states that “The exec producer returns in time to help “Idol” make its final decision on a new “Idol” panel, replacing Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres, and perhaps Kara DioGuardi as well.”
Randy Jackson is the only original judge to be staying put, but Lithgoe did state that the rumours about Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith front man Stephen Tyler both possibly joining the show are true, however didn’t confirm if either of them would actually be sitting at the judges table when the show returns. He did seem excited about the possibility though.
After lackluster reviews of the last season is it possible that the public is just sick of American Idol? The show seemed to become more about the judges and their behind the scenes drama than the actual talent on stage. And with so much of the show revolving around Cowell, is it possible for American Idol to survive without him? What do you think? Would you watch a Simon Cowell-less American Idol, and do you want Paula sitting back at the judges table?