Major changes to American Idol are firming up, among them deals for Nigel Lythgoe to return as executive producer and music executive Jimmy Iovine to play an on- and off-camera role.
Lythgoe, who left Idol two years ago, has signed his deal to return to the show, Fox announced Thursday. The So You Think You Can Dance judge and executive producer will run the show alongside longtime executive producer Ken Warwick. Lythgoe will not, however, judge Idol, he tweeted.
"American Idol became a juggernaut of epic proportions, but to me it was always like home," Lythgoe said in a statement. "I am elated and honored to be rejoining childhood friend and fellow executive producer Ken Warwick, and look forward to creating more magic."
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