Leaving Idol
American Idol is the most popular show on television and the success of another reality show may hurt the top show on TV. Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe is walking away from Idol, a show he helped get to the top.

Lythgoe is a judge on the huge summer hit, 'So You Think You Can Dance'. The shows success has created a bit of a time problem for Lythgoe and he has chosen to stay with his roots.

Lythgoe is a former dance choreographer, and while he enjoyed working on Idol, his passion for dance has led him in another direction for the immediate future. he will
be pursuing other ventures outside of Idol.

"Due to the huge success of 'So You Think You Can Dance', my summer will be taken up by travels to South Africa, Australia, and Canada to work on local versions of the show," said Lythgoe.

His future plans are to develop a new project with his Idol partner Simon Fuller. The 19 Entertainment executive called Lythgoe, "the best producer I have ever worked with."

Nothing has yet been determined as to who will replace Lythgoe. American Idol auditions are already under way for next season. They will be in Kansas City, Missouri at the end of the week.