Should Idol Keep Kara? Former Show Boss Nigel Lythgoe "Not a Fourth Judge Fan"

Former American Idol boss Nigel Lythgoe says that while Kara DioGuardi is "very good" in her capacity alongside Simon, Randy and Paula, as a matter of principle he is "not a fourth judge fan."

"What we've seen is that four judges tend to take away time from the program, which was always going to be the problem," he explained during a visit to

Lythgoe's comments about Idol's addition of a judge come on the heels of DioGuardi revealing to ET that she only was signed to a one-season deal, yet hopes to stay on.

On Fox's summertime reality smash, So You Think You Can Dance (premiering Season 5 on May 21), executive producer Lythgoe also serves as a judge alongside Mary Murphy and a rotating choreographer. But rarely has that competition ever trotted in a fourth panelist.

Does Lythgoe think that the addition of DioGuardi, the Judges' Save and the expansion to a Top 36 are all changes worth keeping? "They've tried a lot of different things," he notes. "I think they'll probably ... keep some of them and lose others."

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May 5, 2009 1:16AM EDT

Kara doesn't have chops! She should go. Wouldn't mind losing Randy either, tbh. Even though Paula can get moon-eyed and loopy, she sometimes has pretty insightful and useful things to say and Simon can be pretty on-the-money and to-the-point. Randy and Kara are pretty useless, arrogant, and repetitive

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