Nigel Lythgoe on Canceled American Idol: ‘I’m Happy’ (VIDEO)
Former American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe has weighed in on FOX’s decision to cancel the show in 2016 after the Season 15. He says he’s “happy” about it, comparing Idol to a heavyweight boxer quitting while he’s on top.
That’s not exactly an accurate description of what has happened but we’ll take it.
The video from TMZ:
Nigel also talked to Billboard about the Idol’s last season and he admitted that casting Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj was a mistake back in Season 12, which resulted in Nigel getting fired from the show.
“Mariah and Nicki was just crazy, and then it really started becoming about the judges and took away from the contestants altogether. I think that was a major failing on the part of casting to have those two together. On their own, either one may have been successful.”
I honestly believe American Idol could have gone on forever. Shows like Survivor and Big Brother have proven that the reality tv genre is more resilient than people think. What happened to Idol was very simple: Season 12 destroyed the franchise. Not only did the show, under Nigel’s watch, cast and played up the rivalry between Mariah and Nicki – they alienated the fans who clamored for a white guy with guitar every single year. The show lost most of its reputation as a “singing” competition during that season and it could not recover.