There’s only one thing that can save American Idol, and it’s Nigel Lythgoe. Rumor has it that the folks over at Idol are getting him back as a producer. Since leaving , the show has taken a serious turn for the worse, and Lythgoe plans to rescue it by wiping out the current judging panel altogether. That means he’ll likely have to pay off Randy Jackson, who is said to still be under contract. Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres were probably only signed for a year, so good riddance! The names currently floating around include: Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake, and Elton John. The only person that excites me about that panel is Jessica Simpson. Though she profusely annoys me, she’ll certainly bring the Paula factor back. Plus, she’s pretty to look at. I give a big no to Elton John and Justin Timberlake. Timberlake is still too relevant for the show, and Elton John was a terrible mentor when he appeared years ago. Just because you’re a successful musician, doesn’t mean you make for good television.