Nigel Lythgoe on Mariah: ‘I Hope She Doesn't Raise the Bar to Her Level’

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Nigel Lythgoe on Mariah: ‘I Hope She Doesn\'t Raise the Bar to Her Level’
When the queen of pop becomes the judge, can anyone really measure up?

“American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe is speaking out about his opinion on Mariah Carey joining the FOX family. And, while he is certain that she is more than qualified, he is worried that her massive resume and iconic status might cast too big a shadow for the up and coming contestants.

Hollyscoop caught up with Nigel at the red carpet of Wednesday night’s “So You Think You Can Dance” finale.

In the exclusive interview, he shared his concern about Mariah raising the bar too high, too soon…

“Mariah Carey is possibly one of the greatest singers of all time,” he said. “She's now going to have to judge other people, I hope she doesn't raise the bar to her level, because we'll never get anyone good.”

But, according to the producer, Mariah’s experience succeeding in the business will not only offer a background for giving quality constructive criticism about, but also help sort through the rubbish, choosing between the good, the bad and the ugly.

“At the end of the day you don't want somebody who'll say oh your all fantastic and aren't you wonderful,” he added.

Mariah officially joined “American Idol” in July, scoring a record-breaking $18 million in her contract.

Rumored additions of Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban to join Mariah and Randy Jackson on the judges’ panel seem to aim Season 12 in a new direction. Still, Nigel promises that loyal “Idol” fans won’t be disappointed.

“The format isn't changing that much,” he said. “We're still auditioning young singers, its a talent show and they are the ones that will make or break the show in the end.”

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