One of American Idol‘s executive producers admits that the producers are not fans of modern music, which explains the parade of unrecognizable fossils who serve as mentors and have their dated songs performed by people who are one-third their age.
“We don’t really like today’s music. A lot of singer-songwriters [of today] are terribly into themselves. In the old days, you had songsmiths,” Nigel Lythgoe tells The Chicago Tribune’s Maureen Ryan (full disclosure: I’m also quoted in the story).
Lythgoe, who turns 58 in July according to IMDB, admits that producers “got carried away a bit this year with the mentors. I think we didn’t really get to know the contestants as well as we normally do. … I think we as an audience invest more when we know them a little better.”
Ryan reports that Lythgoe “allows that poor song choices by the contestants meant that the Bee Gees theme night didn’t work as well as he had hoped” but still “defends the show’s dependence on older songwriters and retro themes”–and at the same time told her that “there will be changes next season.”