An Expert Speaks: Former ‘Idol’ Showrunner Says Who He Thinks Should Replace Simon

Mar 12, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Nigel Lythgoe, the former executive producer and showrunner of "American Idol," whose own show, "So You Think You Can Dance" has also done well on Fox, has a stong opinion who should replace the departing Simon Cowell on "Idol."

Lythgoe said that the best replacement for Simon Cowell as a judge on the show would be music superstar Elton John, reports Roger Friedman in the Hollywood Reporter blog Showbiz411.

Lythgoe declared, “He’s absolutely it."

Lythgoe also conceded that he misses Paula Abdul on the show. “She was the glue that held it together, wasn’t she?” he said.


  1. Paula was the glue that held it together? I think Nigel is sniffing glue! SIMON is the one that holds the show together…

  2. Elton was on THE VIEW yesterday and was speaking knowledgeably of the show and is clearly a fan. Funny Lythgoe just said that because I was wondering if Elton would consider stepping in when I heard make those comments.

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