Former ‘American Idol’ Showrunner Nigel Lythgoe to Produce Music Competition Reality Pilot for CBS

Feb 14, 2014  •  Post A Comment

"CBS is entering the music competition reality series space with ‘In the Spotlight,’ executive produced by Nigel Lythgoe, the original executive producer of the first big US hit in the genre, Fox’s ‘American Idol,’" reports our friend Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.

The story continues, " ‘In the Spotlight’ is based on the Turkish paper format ‘Keep Your Light Shining,’ which has undergone some changes. CBS wouldn’t reveal details but, according to international format aggregator Global Agency, which represents the original format, ‘Keep Your Light Shining’ features 12 contestants on a dark circular stage with a moving spotlight, with them taking turns to sing as the spotlight shines on each of them for 15-20 seconds. Each round one contestant is eliminated by the audience, with the show also featuring a panel of celebrity judges."

Trained as a dancer and choreographer, Lythgoe, who is from the U.K., also created "So You Think You Can Dance."

While CBS has had hits in the reality genre with "Survivor," "Amazing Race" and "Big Brother," it does not have a hit music competition show like "Idol" or NBC’s "The Voice."

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  1. Truly amazing. Has the shelf-life not expired yet on this “concept?”

  2. Watch out Nigel, it might end up as “So You Think You Can Sing – For 20 Seconds?” I sure hope the concept is stronger than what it sounds like…

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