nigel lythgoe american idol emmys 'American Idol': Casey Abrams nabs 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' first Nirvana song ever on the showFirst Judas Priest, now Nirvana. “Idol’s” getting so hardcore.

In another “American Idol” first, Casey Abrams has chosen to do “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the Birth Year theme of Wednesday night’s (March 16) show, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe tells Ryan Seacrest.

Lythgoe also spills the beans about Thia Megia‘s song choice, which is “Colors of the Wind” from the Disney movie “Pocahontas.” Do you think Thia went back to her safe ballad territory after the jazzy part of “Smile” got pans last week?

Finally, Nigel also says there is a virus sweeping the group again this year. “The worse thing about the [contestants’ mansion] is once one person
gets a cold, it starts spreading around. Paul got
really bad sinusitis this week, which you won’t notice with his voice

Listen to the full interview below. “American Idol” airs Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

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