nigel lythgoe american idol emmys Emmys 2010: Randy Jackson will return to 'American Idol'“American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe can’t walk within 20 feet of a camera these days without getting the third degree about the series’ fluctuating judges panel. So it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that its a hot topic for him at the Emmys.

After telling E! News that all seats on the panel were open, the TV mogul chatted with KTLA‘s Sam Rubin and Jessica Holmes on the red carpet about the upcoming season. And when asked if he could name a single judge who’d be around for Season 10… he did.

Lythgoe says that one seat on the panel has an occupant, and it’s Randy Jackson. Wait. Was that a confirmation? “I hope so,” he says.

But what of Elton John? Lythgoe, who’s been openly campaigning for the music legend to join the series, admits that it’s a probably not in the cards, citing the series’ annual four-month commitment as too much for someone with John’s schedule.

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