August 8th, 2011
05:35 PM ET
Nigel Lythgoe really, really wants "American Idol" to win an Emmy this year.
As a matter of fact, he told TV Line that if it doesn't happen this year, he doesn't think the hit Fox show will ever win.
"We were in everybody’s face for Season 10 and we got such good feedback that I would’ve thought if anyone is gonna win this year, it should be 'Idol,' if I’m being totally honest," the executive producer said.
The competitive singing competition has lost more than a few times to CBS' "Amazing Race," which sends contestants on a trek around the world. The announcement for best reality program can be a bit stressful.
"[E]ach year our muscles tighten just as they say that first syllable: 'Am…'” Lythgoe said. "Will they finally say 'Ammmerican Idol' or just 'Ammmazing Race'?"
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