Nigel Lythgoe Blames Lack of "Chemistry" for American Idol Judging Problems

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This just in: The American Idol Season 12 judging team didn't work out so well.

In an interview with Haute Living, producer Nigel Lythgoe owned up to this not-so-astonishing fact, blaming a lack of overall chemistry for the ratings disaster instead of singling out any individual panelist.

Season 12 Panelists

"Chemistry is something that everyone has to contribute to," Lythgoe said. "Each one of them is terrific on their own - they all bring something to the table - but they just don't gel as a whole."

Lythgoe praised Mariah Carey's "wealth of knowledge" and said Nicki Minaj was "very focused" throughout the season.

He also referred to Keith Urban was a "wonderful guy" and said "America loves" departing judge Randy Jackson.

Still, even if Fox is yet to make it official, changes are clearly on the way. Jackson is already out. Everyone else is expected to soon join him.

Will Idol be able to lure a huge name such as Justin Bieber as a judge? Who do YOU think should judge American Idol Season 13?


American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]