Nigel Lythgoe: 'Idol' has to win an Emmy this year
August 8th, 2011
05:35 PM ET

Nigel Lythgoe: 'Idol' has to win an Emmy this year

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'?"


soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Who

    This stupidity of "Reality TV" is that it is what it isn't, real. Idol has been a joke from the start, and the cast wouldn't know good music if they heard it. The performers (with one exception), have been just as lame. So Nigel, get a life.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Junkpile

    I think someone suffers from Emmy envy.....

    August 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin T. Baldwin

    What qualities have the emmy-winning shows that Idol is lacking?

    August 9, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lori

    I hope it NEVER wins. Nasty people nasty to contestants especially past contestants. I want Project Runway to win.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bridget

    Nigel, nigel, nigel. Amazing Race hasn't won every year. Last year it was Top Chef (which was a huge surprise to me, but I love that show and it was deserved), and this year I would love it if Top Chef won, again. Much as I liked the changes made to AI (and I didn't think I was going to like it when I first heard), if it deserved the Emmy it would have been from the time while Simon and Paula were still on there. AI, nice as the changes are, missed it's chance to win a long time ago.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Peace

    Evel, lol ! Portalpunk, I'm starting to feel sorry for you, your always so thir... or I mean FIRSTY!!! Sit down & have a cold 1, will ya? HaHa

    August 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Evel Knievel

    Your name is Nigel, no one cares what you think.

    August 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kroach

    Nigel, if any show should win it should be SYTYCD.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. portalpunk

    This is tiring, I'm so FIRSTY!!!!!

    August 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ron Jeremy

    Thanks anyway, but no need for that here. Move along.

    August 9, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |

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