Nigel Lythgoe Judges the Idol Judges, Finalists

So You Think You Can Dance judge and former American Idol executive producer shares his thoughts on Kara DioGuardi, finalists

By Breanne L. Heldman May 19, 2009 4:59 PMTags

Nigel Lythgoe may not be involved with American Idol anymore, but that doesn't keep him from sharing his opinions.

The former A.I. executive producer—and current E.P. and judge on So You Think You Can Dance—doesn't think too highly of the singing contest's decision to take on a fourth judge.

"I think Kara DioGuardi has done a great job as the fourth judge—I just don't like four judges," he tells E! News. "Problem is, when you're live, if you do any more than three judges, then the judges start to take over the show, which doesn't help anyone."

As for how Idol will conclude, Lythgoe feels the series has a strong pair in both Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, and their audiences could be pretty split.

"My feeling is Adam will take it, but I think it's going to be a lot closer than everyone thinks," he says.

The fifth season of SYTYCD high-kicks off Thursday on Fox, while auditions for the sixth cycle—set to air in the fall—are already under way.


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