‘American Idol’ season 12: Nigel Lythgoe officially back on board

For those of you out there who were worried about the future of “American Idol” — or whether or not the show was going to change too much following the talk of the revamped judges’ panel — we now have some good news. After months of negotiations behind closed doors, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has inked a new deal to stay on board.

According to E! (who first reported the news), the lengthy negotiations have also created a pretty enormous problem for the show in that they are significantly behind in production versus where they were at this point last year. One other example is when it comes to the judges — even though Fox had not necessarily made it official at this time two years ago, we knew that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were going to join Randy Jackson as the new stars of the show. Now, things are a little bit more up in the air — Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj seem to pretty much be locks, and Keith Urban is not too far behind; however, there is talk about there being a fourth judge, and outside of whispers surrounding Enrique Iglesias and Adam Lambert, there is no confirmation just yet as to who this person will be.

While Nigel has come under fire at times for dated theme nights and for forcing the same songs down the contestants’ throats every year, he does still have a knack for producing a great show — and with so many new faces, there needs to be someone running the ship who knows what works and what doesn’t when it comes to impressing the audience.

Do you think getting Nigel back was really essential to “American Idol” staying successful from here on out? We want to hear some more of your thoughts below! To check out some new music from the likes of Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet from last season, be sure and head on over to this link.

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