Let’s start with who’s coming back, how about that? It looks like that – after months of negotiations - Nigel Lythgoe returns as executive producer next season, E! News confirms.
Due to the prolonged negotiation, apparently production on the show is “way behind normal schedule” and that the first thing to do on Lythgoe’s list is to, oh, I dunno – FIND JUDGES.
Speaking of – who’s on the show to judge this thing, anyway? Besides Mariah Carey, there’s been no confirmation of anyone else on the judges’ panel. Miley Cyrus’ name was thrown around for a while – but those rumors have subsided. The latest names thrown around are Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, and Enrique Iglesias – but those aren’t anywhere close to confirmed, either.
So now what? Well, the Dawg is gone, too. TMZ confirmed on Friday that original judge Randy Jackson is exiting the judges panel, too – just like Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler did back in July. While he will no longer be a judge, Jackson will still remain a part of the show as a mentor, also per TMZ.
So if it was up to you – who would you have judging this thing?? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below!
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