Nigel Lythgoe: “Idol Stole Ellen DeGeneres from us”

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Executive producer and judge for ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ said that American Idol “stole Ellen DeGeneres from his show.

Lythgoe told Entertainment Weekly that since Idol stole Ellen from his show, he’s planning to ‘steal’ Paula Abdul as a guest judge in the future. He said, “We hope she will still be able to come and help us out from time to time,” explaining it would be great to make Ellen as guest judge. Lythgoe added, “I’d prefer Paula. I think it is a great idea to put her on.”

However, Nigel added that DeGeneres was a good choice made by Idol. He explained, “What it does is give the public, who are the people who decide in the end who is crowned the victor, a voice on the judges panel and they have never had that before. They already have industry experts, musicians and producers and songwriters represented and Ellen will be that judge who comes at it from a fan perspective. She loves music and she will be able to speak about what people will like and what would sound good on the radio. And she’s funny. And I also think she is strong enough to keep Simon in his place, which I am always worried about.”

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