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American Idol Getting Complete Makeover! Could New Producer Save The Show??

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American Idol is getting a MAJOR overwhaul for season 13!

After hitting some serious low notes in the ratings last season, it means longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick (above) are out and Swedish Idol producer Per Blankens is in.

New showrunner David Hill thinks Per will be the man to bring Idol back to its ratings glory days.

AI executive producer for FremantleMedia North America, Trish Kinane, explained:

"Per is a creative and experienced executive who has been the show runner on the blockbuster Swedish Idol for more than 5 seasons. He is extremely passionate about Idol and I’m very excited about his ideas and vision for keeping Idol creatively vibrant."

OMG! We're so excited!!!

..And Per is too!

Upon hearing the news, Per said:

"The Idol franchise is a worldwide phenomenon and I'm honored to be a part of the most popular of the franchises, American Idol. I can't wait to get started as auditions for the new season are just a few weeks away.”

Have we mentioned how excited we are??!

We've been yearning for the days of AI at its prime and we're crossing our fingers that Per — AND the possibility of Jennifer Lopez's return to the judging panel — will be the answer to all our singing competition prayers!!!

He might not be a well known name like Nigel and Ken, but his experience doing the Swedish versions of Idol, Master Chef and The Biggest Loser is giving us some real hope!

Do YOU think there is any chance of reviving American Idol??!

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12 comments to “American Idol Getting Complete Makeover! Could New Producer Save The Show??”

  1. kelford says – reply to this


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    AI needs to realize that their ratings will never be what they once were. When they began they were basically the only game in town, they had that market cornered. But today there are many many shows that are in their genre. The Voice is considered a huge success averaging around 11 million viewers. AI gets a little less than that, but they consider it a ratings failure only because they used to double that. They need to accept that there is more competition and just be happy with their share of the pie, or just cancel the show.

  2. 38543854 says – reply to this


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    The new producer has only done 5 seasons of Swedish AI. Lythgoe has done it for 12 years. What do you expect, a show to be number 1 every season? I feel Lythgoe has done a great job.



  3. 3

    These old guys thought Mariah Carey would be great….know wonder they got fired



  4. 4

    The whole Star search rip off genre is dead. The newest addition has been an extra judge. Americas got talent is unwatchable, Howard you suck.



  5. 5

    Could New Producer Save The Show?

    No.

  6. teeter totter says – reply to this


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    Sorry but I think it has run its course, and it has had a good long run.
    Personally I stopped watching after Simon and Paula left, and I am not the only one who did.



  7. 7

    geez these folk are dumba as fuck. the franchise has run its course people are done with it. Just accept that and move on to another show. Just lazy they dont wanna think up another hit show just try fix an old one. this guy in a tiny country like sweden and he only producing well established shows that were created in the UK so he didint even have to come up with any format!



  8. 8

    Nope. this is too dead to re-heal. with the departure of Nicki (THANK GOD!!!) Mariah and Randy (I'm not saying anything about Kieth because he hasn't confirmed if hes staying or going) it just shows that they arnt looking for talent anymore, they are looking for ratting. I watch the voice because they actually want to find a star. I watch the x factor because they are looking for a star. AI has produced mega stars in their 13 year run, please just have fox cancel the show and let the legacy live on forevermore. the zombies on the walking dead are more alive than this show. (just had to put that in there) =D

  9. Alex says – reply to this


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    OOOOOOOH NOOOOOO!! I have to say that all the shows Swedish Idol, Swedish Master Chef and the Swedish Biggest Loser ALL SUCKS and the production behind it is big but not good at all.

    I really don't think this will be any good at all!

    Why i can say this is beacause I live in sweden and i'm swedish and i rather Watch American idol 1000 of times before Swedish Idol!



  10. 10

    Kudos to the owners of
    American Idol for (again!) firing the person most
    Responsible for the three-season ratings plunge. Nigel Lythgoe is a vile, disgusting
    Moron who deserves to rot in hell,
    Alone, like the untalented criminal he truly is.

  11. CHRISTABEL LEVESQUE says – reply to this


    11

    PLESE ,NEW GAY [SWIDISH ONE????]U ARE IN AMERICA,SWIDISH WONT DO.PUT NIGEL BECK,HELL PUT HIM AS A JUDGE,HE DID SO WELL ON -;;SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE”-THEN ADAM LAMBERT,KEITH URBAN,AND MISS HUDSON.ADAM AND HUDSON ,HAVE A HUGE FALLOWING,THRUE CANADA AND US ,AND JAPAN ,CHINA,ENGLAND.PAY BECK TIME TO ADAM,AND HUDSON.U OWE THEM.YOU TRYED TO KILL THEIR ARTISTIC LIFE WITH PERSONAL CRAP.GET NIGEL BECK.HE IS LOVED.CHRISTABEL,CALGARY,

  12. EMELIE ELISABETH says – reply to this


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    I'm a really proud Swede right now. Go Per! /emelieelisabeth.com