Nigel Lythgoe concerned about ringers on Dancing with the Stars, but not American Idol

Paula Abdul is still considering being a competitor on Dancing with the Stars 7 this fall, maybe, but her American Idol executive producer doesn’t like the idea because of how unfair it would be.

News that Paula was interested came in late March from Tom Bergeron, and Paula now confirms that she’s considering the show, sort of. “I’m hypothetically thinking about it,” she told In Touch Weekly. Doesn’t she pretty much hypothetically think about everything? Because her brain seems so disengaged that if what she’s doing on the show every week constitutes actual thinking, well, that’s frightening.

Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, however, isn’t fond of the possibility. “As far as I’m concerned, Paula is American Idol and our judge. It’s like asking Simon [Cowell] to sing. Why would I want that? It chips away at you, and not that Paula wouldn’t be good at it, she would be brilliant. But she was a dancer, so why would a dancer go on a dancing show? That doesn’t seem fair to me!” he told the magazine.

Funny how Lythgoe is concerned about the presence of ringers on ABC’s top-rated series, but not at all on his Fox show.

Idol doesn’t want Paula on Dancing With the Stars [In Touch Weekly]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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