American Idol 2011: Nigel Lythgoe lashes out at nasty Simon Cowell

by Lisa McGarry

Returning American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, has promised that this year’s series will be nicer and slammed Simon Cowell’s brutal critiques of hopefuls.

The Pop Idol mastermind, once named ‘Nasty Nigel’, told reporters at a press conference this week:

“The days of kicking somebody in the testicles are gone.”

New panel members Steve Tyler and Jennifer Lopez went on to shed some light on their judging style.

“I believe in tough love, but I don’t believe I could ever, as an artist myself, be cruel to another artist,” Lopez said. “I think there’s always another way to get your point across.”

“Whether [contestants] can sing or can’t sing or need character, I think I can help with that,” said Tyler, who also pledged “to bring some rock to this roller coaster.”

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!