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American Idol Mastermind Nigel Lythgoe Promises Talent Rivaling Kelly Clarkson

Unless you've had duct tape over your eyes and wads of bubble gum in your ears, you know that American Idol came back last night with a few changes for its 10th season.

But will Idol be able to wow and dazzle viewers after all this time? Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe certainly thinks so. Find out which singer blew him away, why they did away with celebrity mentors this season and how he thinks the new judges will fare!

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He's confident this season's talent is powerful enough to take down the original American Idol: Kelly Clarkson!

Before Idol veterans start crying blasphemy, you should also know that it's one of the 15-year-old contestants that has the giant Kelly-rivaling voice. Apparently the crop of young contestants knocked Nigel's socks off, so much so that he calls them "absolutely, shockingly talented."

And remember, we've got your Idol coverage all season long, so give us a bookmark click, Idol fanatics!

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