On Thursday’s (Nov. 18) episode of “The View,” “American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe stopped by to talk about all things “Idol” and show a clip of an audition in Milwaukee.

]]>Sarah Palin‘s new book, “America by Heart,” in which she slams “American Idol” contestants, saying they are “talent-deprived and that no one they have encountered in their lives, from their parents to their teachers to the President, wanted them to feel bad by hearing the truth, so they grew up convinced they could become big pop stars like Michael Jackson.” Nigel’s response: “I don’t know why she’s referenced the president. I think he’s probably got a bit more on his hands to worry about than ‘American Idol’ contestants. And I guess she wrote that before her own daughter showed her somewhat lack of talent as a dancer on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’“ Nigel goes on to say that he left “Idol” because he was trying to take “So You Think You Can Dance” to the international level. Now that he can juggle both of his shows, he can come back to “Idol.” He also says, “With Simon Cowell leaving, it needed a revamp. You can’t replace Simon Cowell.” He doesn’t get into the recently-announced changes to “Idol” Season 10, but he does show a clip of an audition in Milwaukee. Are you getting excited, “Idol” fans?

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