Nigel Lythgoe Clears Up Rumors On Calling ‘The Voice’ “Gimmicky”

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Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images

Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images

American Idol is back is back better than ever in its 11th season, thanks to the producing power of Nigel Lythgoe and the entire team behind the production of the show.

Nigel called in live to the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show to talk about the major talent seen so far on the show as it just gets into Hollywood Week, plus Gary and Lisa confront Nigel about calling one of his competitors, The Voice, “gimmicky.”

[pullquote quote="If you want talent without the gimmicks, without anything that's just going to stand there on the stage and show you talent, then watch American Idol." credit="Nigel Lythgoe "]

Nigel took some heat earlier this week when entertainment outlets reported him calling Idol’s competitor The Voice “gimmicky,” but Nigel explains his words were taken out of context.

“It sounds like I’m deriding it. What I said was ‘it’s very gimmicky at the moment,’ and I like the gimmick. I love the gimmick of the chairs turning around,” he explains. “But at some point along the competition that stops and then it comes down to sheer talent, and over 11 years now, I think we’ve proved that our talent has been enormous.”

He adds, “All I’ve said at any point is, if you want talent without the gimmicks, without anything that’s just going to stand there on the stage and show you talent, then watch American Idol.”

Nigel touches on much more in the full interview including the controversy surrounding Jane Carrey, Jim Carrey’s daughter, being nixed from the show last night, plus the dramatic cliffhanger when Idol hopeful Symone Black fell off the stage.

Listen to the full interview with Nigel below!

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