August 29th, 2010
07:12 PM ET
So now that "Idol" has to replace not one, but two judges, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told CNN that the top priority for him is finding personalities that will make the perfect, watchable mix.
"There isn’t another Ellen DeGeneres or Simon Cowell," Lythgoe said, so "you’re looking for people that will have great chemistry." In the beginning, he pointed out, it was "that chemistry created that entire team."
While Lythgoe said he had "no idea" what's going to happen with Kara DioGuardi, he did say that they're going to have to nail down who will fill those empty judges seats soon - in about three weeks, as a matter of fact.
But one thing he's not worried about is former "Idol" judge Simon Cowell bringing "The X Factor" over to U.S. shores. According to Lythgoe, there's plenty of room on the DVR for a few different singing competitions.
"That’s a bit like saying, do you mind another vampire drama on a network," Lythgoe said. "It’s just the same genre of shows, the public will decide if they like it or not."
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