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Nigel: Nothing Will Ever Be as Big as 'Idol'

1/12/2010 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Nigel Lythgoe -- one of the main brains behind "American Idol" -- believes Simon Cowell's American version of "The X Factor" is going to be successful ... but not as successful as the show they've both said goodbye to.



We spoke to Nigel in Beverly Hills today, where the mega-producer called "Idol" a "phenomenon" ... adding he's "not sure that anything will ever be as successful as American Idol."

Lythgoe also offered up a replacement judge for Cowell ... but you'll never guess who.

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1.

Jerry Martin    

First and AI jumped the shark long ago.

1744 days ago
2.

L    

In time, something will definitely be as big as Idol. There was a time when we all thought nothing would be as big as American Bandstand or Soul Train!

1744 days ago
3.

Jerry Martin    

Oh, and perhaps they can hire OctoPig. I'll bet she'd do it cheap.

1744 days ago
4.

J C    

Nothing will ever be as big... as bloated government and high taxes when the dems are finished with us.

1744 days ago
5.

Gil    

Oh shut up republican. Go call Bush and tell him to return the 8 years he spent doing nothing.

1744 days ago
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KATHY =( ^-^ )=    

Nigel... it's over.. Fox enjoy your last season of Idol..Ellen ..eww..don't quit your day job,(and Ellen why do you do make up commercials pretaining to females,and beauty when you immulate the guy role in your "relationship")...hmm

1744 days ago
7.

apweaver    

TOO???

1744 days ago
8.

saira    

Please correct that... "TOO"? Major pet peeve, the correct verb is TO.

1744 days ago
9.

EA    

If Dr. Dre was a judge, I'd actually watch Idol.

1744 days ago
10.

Diane    

X Factor with Cowell and Abdul will blow away Idol. Idol will suffer the following season - getting as the small audience and press of the one with the drunkard judge (see? I can't even remember the show's name - its so unpopular!) - then it will be dropped totally. I predict that Seacrest will jump ship and join X Factor, as well.

1744 days ago
11.

CracklinRosie    

If nothing will be as big as Idol, how come Nigel quit Idol to do wannabe show So You Think You Can Dance?

1739 days ago

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