Lythgoe whos been producing Idol for six seasons says his number one priority on the show isnt to find Americas next great singer, but to make Americas greatest show, even if it means being unfair with how much screen time each contestant gets.
He explains, Im not concerned with making sure every contestant gets equal screen time. I cant include all of them. If theyre boring as hell in front of a camera were not going to show them on TV. That would be stupid.
And Lythgoe makes no secret to contestants about what rakes in the ratings.
Lythgoe says, Were so honest with the singers on the show, that we say things like, Hey, if youre going to cry, go ahead. Just make sure you turn this way so we can get you on camera. They understand and America gets good TV.
And bickering judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell also help the Idol drama.
Lythgoe adds, Theyre a pitiful, childish, dysfunctional family. Its really wonderful to see!
American Idol Season 7 premieres January 15 on FOX.
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