nigel lythgoe american idol emmys 'American Idol's' Nigel Lythgoe predicts the winner will be 'the one with the most votes'“American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe did a conference call with the press Tuesday (May 24) to promote the upcoming premiere of Season 8 of “So You Think You Can Dance” (read the full interview here).

But of course, someone had to ask him about the upcoming “Idol” finale. Nigel says the winner will be “the one with the most votes.”

That cheeky Nigel.

He does think that “Idol” has gotten back on track, comparing it to the way “SYTYCD” has kept its format consistent.

“American Idol” got to much into “focusing on judges instead of the contestants,” says Lythgoe. “I thought, ‘These are mistakes being made in front of my very eyes.’ Would I have done that if I were there? … I do think the public or your viewers or your fans need to know where they are. More importantly, keep the show up to date, keep it relevant and keep it entertaining. If you continue to do that, you maintain a successful show.”

He does also get one good-natured dig in at the “Idol” judges being so nice this season.

He says he and Mary Murphy right now are seeing such incredible talent that they’re “a bit like the ‘American Idol’ judges right now – ‘You’re fantastic!’ and that gets boring.”

“American Idol’s” two-night finale airs Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."