Lythgoe of ‘American Idol’ on Judge Choices: ‘Decision Has Got to Be Made Within the Next Three Weeks’

Aug 20, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The guessing game over who will be seated at the judges’ table on "American Idol" may go on for a few more weeks. The Los Angeles Times’ ShowTracker blog reports that executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said in an interview on "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest’s radio show that "the decision has got to be made within the next three weeks." 

"I think decisions have been made, let’s be honest about this. I think decisions have been made, and negotiations are taking place," Lythgoe said. "And those negotiations, when you’re just dealing with ordinary people, and you say, ‘I want to take you out of everything for the next four months to do "American Idol," ‘ that’s OK. But when you are dealing with stars who have other lives to concentrate on, it’s like, ‘I want to take you off the planet and you’ll join us on Planet American Idol for four months,’ that’s really tough. So you’ve got to let them work everything out and, of course, come up with the money that they will appreciate."

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