Nigel Lythgoe on new 'American Idol' judges: No softies on the panel!

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When it comes to the newAmerican Idol judges, so far so good, claims executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. EW chatted exclusively with the Idol guru at a red carpet event recently and he had this to say about the new panel, which is auditioning wanna-be Carrie Underwoods and Lee DeWyzes today in San Francisco.

"It’s going great. It is a lot of fun to be there and test out the new judges," Lythgoe said. "We’re having an awful lot of fun in the audition room. Hopefully, that will translate on to the program. Jennifer Lopez is not making glib over rehearsed remarks. She’s listening to what they say and how they sound and commenting and being Jennifer Lopez. She’s see the program and she knows what she’s doing and she is taking it seriously.

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