EXCLUSIVE! Jennifer Lopez Will Be The Leader Of The Judge Pack, Producer Nigel Lythgoe Says!

Mon, October 11, 2010 2:39pm EDT by 4 Comments
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Forget what you’ve heard! Randy isn’t going to be the one calling the shots on the judges’ panel — Nigel Lythgoe tells HollywoodLife.com that honor is reserved for pop star Jennifer Lopez!

We knew it! Randy “Dawg” Jackson isn’t becoming the harshest critic on American Idol over night — instead, Jennifer Lopez will be taking command of the 10th season of American Idol. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe spoke to HollywoodlLife.com exclusively at the 7th Annual Alfred E. Mann Foundation Gala Oct.10 in Santa Monica and gave us all the juicy details.

“Randy, of course, has changed his persona. Randy knows what he’s doing, so he’s there,” the 61-year-old producer told us. “Jennifer gets stronger and stronger and she’ll take over. There’s no question in my mind.”

Nigel said between Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and J. Lo, it’s the 41-year-old girl who’s going to be leading the pack.

“No question in my mind. She will take over,” he said, adding, “And Steven is very smart, very quick witted. So, I really like them all. They all bring something — and they don’t all agree with each other.”

Ooh — that sounds dramatic! Does that mean the claws come out on the judges’ panel this season?

“No I don’t think there will be,“ Nigel said. “There’s too much respect between them.”

We can’t wait to see the chemistry between this new panel in January! Do YOU think American Idol will still be the best show on TV?

Russ Weakland & Reporting By Sarah Rose Attman