Lythgoe Returning to ‘Idol’

The press still has no official word who will be sitting in the judging chairs on Fox’s American Idol next season. But Nigel Lythgoe of So You Think You Can Dance will return as executive producer, joining Simon Fuller, Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Ken Warwick.

“Since we launched the original Pop Idol in England, I’ve remained close with Simon Fuller,” said Lythgoe. “Working as executive producer on American Idol for its first seven years not only was an inspirational journey into the heart of American pop culture, it opened my eyes to the untapped potential of the incredibly dynamic young people in this world. American Idol became a juggernaut of epic proportions, but to me it was always like home.”

The upcoming 10th season of American Idol returns in January 2011.