Video: Bombshell From ‘Idol’ Showrunner–Suggests Changing Voting Rules for Next Season, Giving Viewers Less Influence About Who Gets Voted Off Each Week

Apr 12, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Nigel Lythgoe, the showrunner of the most popular show on TV, "American Idol," has suggested changing the voting rules for next season, and giving viewers less influence about who gets voted off the show.

In remarks you can see in the video below, Lythgoe told Yahoo! Music‘s Reality Rocks that  it would most likely be suggested before next season that the voting on "Idol" be changed to reflect the way voting is done on the show which he judges, Fox’s "So You Think You Can Dance." In that format, viewers choose the bottom three, but it’s the judges who then decide who will go home.

Lythgoe said the decision whether to change the voting on "Idol" would ultimately be made by Simon Fuller (not to be confused with Simon Cowell), because Fuller is the creator of the show and controls the format.

In the beginning of the interview below, Lythgoe also revealed that even though many observers have said Pia Toscano, who was voted off ‘Idol" last week, was a frontrunner on the show, in terms of the votes cast week in and week out, she actually was not a frontrunner.

Nigel Lythgoe Discusses Pia Toscano Elimination from Yahoo! Music on Vimeo.


  1. Not a bad idea

  2. So It’s not really American Idol, but again some producer’s idea of American Idol… typical music industry bull. The reason I like Idol as it is is since it is at the whim of the public, and that may not conform with some producer’s idea of what will sell, but so be it. It’s all just glorified karaoke anyway…

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