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Nigel Lythgoe: online voting is coming

Nigel Lythgoe at the Fox Theatre today, Feb. 21, 2011.

Nigel Lythgoe at the Fox Theatre today, Feb. 21, 2011.

Back in 2002, “‘American Idol” offered up just one option to vote: calls.

At some point, “Idol”’ added texting as an option.

This year? Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe just told me that online voting is going to be added this season. Though a publicist later told me it was not a done deal, Lythgoe’s exact quote to me was affirmative: “We are going to introduce online voting.”

He was unsure about the details and whether there’d be any limits on the voting online. He did say that there are no plans to limit texts or voice calls. I videotaped the interview, which was rather brief. I’ll post it later.

He’s in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre today to judge an early round of season 8 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” which Lythgoe said will blend elements of last year’s all-star additions while returning to 20 finalists from the 11 last summer.

I just watched 12 dancers,most of whom are not from Atlanta. It was an impressive stretch of dancers (from Florida, Arkansas, California, Pennsylvania, Michigan and South Carolina). Eight of them got direct tickets from Nigel to Las Vegas and one was sent to choreography, which is for people the judges are on the fence about. I cant name names but there are two guys who did a great choreographed hip-hop dance with humor and skill. How will they do in traditional couples dance? We’ll find out in Vegas airing this summer.

Mary Murphy has returned after a year off and is recovering from thyroid cancer. She can’t scream the way she used to, a relief certainly for Nigel.

Here’s my brief interview:

91 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

February 21st, 2011
2:11 pm

Deirdre

February 21st, 2011
2:38 pm

Wow! This is not the reaction I thought this news would get.

Rickster™ © ®

February 21st, 2011
2:40 pm

So… you guys can blog & vote at the same time! :-)

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Harriett

February 21st, 2011
2:55 pm

Wow! Welcome news!

Harriett

February 21st, 2011
2:56 pm

We’ve all wandered off but seem to be coming back around, D!

Harriett

February 21st, 2011
3:01 pm

D, I think Beatles songs must have really exposed some weaknesses in some of our favorites. Otherwise, there are at least three I would have expected to show up in the top 24.

RxDawg

February 21st, 2011
3:11 pm

Well this is a step… but still way off. As long as the votes are unlimitted I won’t bother with it(but will still continue to whine :) ). I’m certainly not going to spen 2hrs online repeatedly casting a vote.

Rickster™ © ®

February 21st, 2011
3:11 pm

If Casey had been smart… he would have done “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” ala Joe C0cker.

Ella

February 21st, 2011
3:16 pm

can people outside the US vote too?

Rickster™ © ®

February 21st, 2011
3:22 pm

I would think that Internet voters should be able to.

Pitchy ™

February 21st, 2011
3:30 pm

What happens to the votes once the system hits the brick wall and fall apart?

Pitchy ™

February 21st, 2011
3:31 pm

I can’t use the word c r a s h e s!

Pitchy ™

February 21st, 2011
3:32 pm

Pitchy ™

February 21st, 2011
3:32 pm

Oops, guess that wasn’t the word stuck in the blog filter. Sorry folk, continue….

Harriett

February 21st, 2011
3:47 pm

I wonder if they will limit the number of times you can vote from each computer. Star Search used that method. Of course, lots of households have more than one computer these days.

Rickster™ © ®

February 21st, 2011
3:52 pm

I think DWTS limits the number of votes you can cast on-line. And I know AGT limits it.

Sam-A

February 21st, 2011
4:05 pm

Forgot to tell you guys something you’ll probably appreciate: I went to hospital at 6:00 am Wed – after sending blood to the lab twice, by 2:00 they determined I didn’t have enough for the procedure scheduled. However, there was no room available, so I was stuck in one of those tiny outpatient cubicles on a bed made of rock until about 8:30 pm (TG there was a tv, so I saw the first part of Idol). When I finally got to my room, they did the vitals, then left. About 5 minutes later a gal came in with her cart and said she was there to take my vitals. She had a HUGE Afro, and stood at the foot of the bed directly in front of the tv. After 15 hours of poking, prodding, taking my temp and asking my name and birthday, I was exhausted and disgusted. I told her it all had been done 5 mins earlier. She insisted. I said “can you please move out of the way of the tv – this is one of my favorite shows and I intend to see it in peace and quiet” She got all huffy and I told her just to leave me alone for an hour and come back later. She sent the charge nurse in, who laughed and said she’d be back in an hour.

Am I a loyal fan or what?

Mercedes S.

February 21st, 2011
4:05 pm

“crap” IS what I meant on other thread, D. Didn’t know it was permissible.

Highlander

February 21st, 2011
4:11 pm

Best wishes, Sam-A, and prayers go out to you and Nana!

Harriett

February 21st, 2011
4:13 pm

Sam-A, I believe that tops my Idol story. Two years ago, it was time for the selection show, and I was in Charleston, WV on a conference. My steering committee chose to have dinner reservations right during the time for Idol, and I made it clear that I would put in an appearance only long enough to be socialble, but then would head back to my hotel room. Well, wouldn’t you know it, they chose to walk to the restaurant!! It was quite a fancy place–white tablecloths, etc, and the menu was exqusiite. But, as I ordered my wine, I asked if I could go on and put in my dinner order to GO! Now, the committee was paying, understand, but I was adamant about getting back. I quickly explained to the server what I was trying to do, and she evidently told others in the restaurant. She came back and said “honey, if you can’t get your hotel limousine in time, my car is parked right outside and I wll take you myself!” The limousine showed up in time, and they had my “exquisite” crab cakes in a plain take-out plate, but I made Idol finals that night!! They have never let me live it down.

Highlander

February 21st, 2011
4:18 pm

I think Casey is the most talented we’ve seen so far this season but, then again, there may be some other great talent hiding on the editors floor as in past seasons.

But the problem with Casey IS his talent. Meaning, the blues/jazz/rock thing.

Remember, there was a lot of buzz about Taylor Hicks when he was showing us something different and working the stage. But after winning, 19 had no idea how to market someone who wasn’t a “pop” star!

I can envision Casey suffering the same fate!

Pitchy ™

February 21st, 2011
4:26 pm

@Sam-A ~ she poked and prodded you for 15 hours, or 15 mins.

Sam-A

February 21st, 2011
4:32 pm

From 6 am to 8:30pm I had blood drawn, iv’s changed, blood pressure taken – every few minutes. I was NUTS! Needed some peace, quiet, me-time, Idol!

Harriett: hilarious – she must have been taping Idol! What a great and understanding waitress. Love her, and I will never even meet her.

Sam-A

February 21st, 2011
4:34 pm

And, thanks Highlander as well as the rest of the gang. Hopefully I am on the way to discovering what the heck happened to my blood (andyone seen that Twilight dude hanging around Marietta?) and getting over it all for good. Luckily, was able to delay Jury Duty call for next Monday until May, as Monday is the followup and new test for celiac disease (God help me – I am the greatest bread-lover in the whole world!)

Rickster™ © ®

February 21st, 2011
4:37 pm

So they drew blood every 15 minutes for 14.5 hours… and then they tell you you don’t have enough blood?????

Heck.. someone spent 4 years in medical school, years in residency, and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to tell you they almost bled you dry?

Pitchy ™

February 21st, 2011
4:39 pm

Ok, gotcha! The hospital is not the place to get rest. And the battery of tests are exhausting.

Also, I too love bread and am giving it up for awhile. Trying to maintain the size I am and not increase…low carbs to no carbs for me.

Sam-A

February 21st, 2011
4:47 pm

Rick: They drew blood about 5 times, they put in iv’s twice, and kept changing them, they took my BP every 30 mins or so – it was constant bothering and add to it I had nothing to eat or drink from the night before until about 4:00 when they finally told me no procedure that day and that I’d be getting blood transfusion as soon as they could get some AB Neg for me. Such fun, and my last word, as I am sooooo tired of the whole episode!

At least I hope I’ll be home for Idol and undisturbed this week! Got to get the names of the few I actually like. Must take “Nana Notes” so I can discuss it intelligently.

Rodney Ho

February 21st, 2011
5:15 pm

Video is posted now, too…

Mercedes S.

February 21st, 2011
5:50 pm

Sam-A … “hear” your complaints about medical people… got some blood drawn myself last Thursday, and this morning, a real live person called from the doctors office to tell me I needed to call “the lab” for some results. I was given a phone number to call, told my “code” was my SS# plus # sign, and then I was to punch in my date of birth as my “unique identifier”… plus a # sign.
Punched in every permutation possible of my birth date, including a 0 before the 2, and 19 before the year, but each time a cheerful voice chirped that my unique identifier was invalid.

So far I have left three messages, without hearing back.

Highlander

February 21st, 2011
6:28 pm

Mercedes, are you sure it was your doctor’s office that called?

Why on Earth would anyone tell you to punch in your SSN and DOB with # signs as an identifier in this day and age?? Have these morons never heard of identity theft? They’re too lazy to come up with their own identifier code for you? WTF????

Mercedes S.

February 21st, 2011
6:32 pm

Thanks for concern, Highlander… but yes, the caller id was the doc’s office.

Highlander

February 21st, 2011
6:34 pm

Rodney, good job on the interview with Nigel. Short, concise, without being too focused on Idol considering he was here for SYTYCD. Kudos!

And I’m kind of interested in seeing what Jimmy Iovine will do with someone like Scott McCreedy (if he makes it). Or, will he push someone like Casey toward a more “mainstream”-type rock sound? :?:

Mo Schreibman

February 21st, 2011
6:40 pm

The news today says to avoid alzheimer’s by learning another language other than the one you were born with and to also put sex on your to-do list at least once a week to improve your emotional intimacy. I am open to suggestions for a third option.

Highlander

February 21st, 2011
7:00 pm

No problema, Mercedes. …But I still think it’s stupy for them to ask for an ID’er that actually uses your true SSN and DOB!

Rosita

February 21st, 2011
7:08 pm

Mo, perhaps multitasking — doing the language and sex practice simultaneously — would have a halo effect. if not, oh well — still a great idea!!

Harm

February 21st, 2011
8:37 pm

Sam, I’m so glad that you finally got to leave the disgusting hospital and return to the blog, where you belong!
I got Nana’s e-mail earlier and I’ve responded to her. I reassured her that we will be there for her!

Rosita

February 21st, 2011
10:12 pm

As in “A Fish Called Wanda” :-)

Deirdre

February 22nd, 2011
7:51 am

Morning!

I loved A Fish Called Wanda. Kevin Kline was so perfect in that movie that he actually won an Oscar for a comedic role. That doesn’t happen too often.

I haven’t checked Joe’sPlace yet to see if her spoiler list is complete.

Deirdre

February 22nd, 2011
7:54 am

Rodney, love the video. Our Rodney talking to the great and powerful wizard of oz…um, I mean producer of Idol!

Harriett

February 22nd, 2011
8:14 am

Morning! And, thanks, Rodney, for the video and interview information.

Deirdre, I did peek at Joe’s this morning. They are doing wild cards, so maybe the person I was hoping for will get back in.

Deirdre

February 22nd, 2011
8:22 am

Harriett, the wild cards will be taken from the top 20 not the top 40. We’ll vote for the list that Joe’s Place has after they have performed. Then the wild cards will be chosen from whoever is left after the voting…at least that’s the way they’ve done it in the past.

The judges have already said no to your favored person and to mine(although they may be the same person. ;-) )

Mercedes S.

February 22nd, 2011
8:43 am

They said no to my person!! Not fair.

Morning, all.

Sam-A

February 22nd, 2011
8:47 am

Thanks, Harm. And Mercedes, hope the lab news is great and you are as healthy as can be!

You are told over and over not to give out your SS# unless absolutely necessary, but just about everything you do requires giving it, and things will not proceed without it. Crazy! No one’s safe any more.

I do wish Steven would stop all the screaming and joining in singing with the contestants when they’re fighting for their lives. I’m also starting to get a big uneasy at how he looks at these young girls (up and down) when talking to them

Sam-A

February 22nd, 2011
8:48 am

that would be “bit uneasy” of course

Rickster™ © ®

February 22nd, 2011
8:55 am

“big uneasy” works just fine, Sam-A. :-)

And good morning, everyone!

Harriett

February 22nd, 2011
8:57 am

Deirdre, of course you are correct! I had not reasoned it through. Rats!! I know of at least one of those Rodney favored who did not get through, and he was the one I liked as well.

Deirdre

February 22nd, 2011
9:11 am

I like “big uneasy”.

Harriett, my choice was a female so I guess we didn’t choose the same person.

wreckedpizza

February 22nd, 2011
9:23 am

Joe of Joe’sPlace blog is a female? Really? :?

Rickster™ © ®

February 22nd, 2011
9:28 am

Whoda thunk it?

Deirdre

February 22nd, 2011
9:34 am

Yes, Joe is female…at least I think so. I don’t stay on there very long but I’ve almost always heard Joe referred to as “she”.

Rodney, I think you can probably confirm or deny this better than I can.

wreckedpizza

February 22nd, 2011
9:43 am

Thanks, D. I did the bad thing and “assumed” that Joe was a guy. One day I might learn, huh!

Deirdre

February 22nd, 2011
9:53 am

I know that mj refers to Joe as she and if anyone would know(besides Joe, of course)mj would.

wreckedpizza

February 22nd, 2011
10:11 am

Speaking of MJ, did ya see where that blog is reporting the Vegas Beatles’ show is getting only 1 hour of coverage Wednesday and then the second hour is for the green mile hysterics? Then more green mile coverage on Thursday…hmm.

Rosita

February 22nd, 2011
10:22 am

Mo, my point (and I did have one) was that copulating and yelling out foreign phrases at the same time would be a great idea, even if the combo didn’t prevent Alzheimer’s.
As Kevin Kline did in AFCW. . .

Mo Schreibman

February 22nd, 2011
10:37 am

Thank you very much for the advice Rosita and I will rent this Wanda the Fish tape today so I can see this for myself. As along as personal relations with a spouse or someone you love do not cause alzheimers then I am for it even with the yelling. I perfer a low moan myself but that is just me.

Rosita

February 22nd, 2011
10:47 am

Sam-A

February 22nd, 2011
10:50 am

As you guys know I missed 5 days of posts, and my brain may still not be fully oxyginated, so please explain “green mile” in w-pizza’s post above. I obviously missed something along the way.

Mercedes S.

February 22nd, 2011
10:57 am

The Green Mile is the long walk from cell on Death Row to chamber where the execution takes place… see film with Tom Hanks… also long walk for Idol contestants to sit in front of Judges to hear if they’ve “made it” or not.

Sam-A

February 22nd, 2011
11:06 am

Thank you – I have seen “Green Mile” and should have put it together, but I’m just plain old tired right now!

I sure hope they respect the beautiful melodies and the meaningful words (ok ok, of course I know “I Am The Walrus”!) of my beloved Beatles tomorrow night.

RxDawg

February 22nd, 2011
11:11 am

Today’s medicine field is so convoluted and bureaucratic it trips over it’s own feet. It’s FILLED with rules and regulations and CYA tests and exams and waste. What happend? The Government, Insurance, Big Pharma, and Lawyres got involved and screwed it to hell while reaaaaaaaaaaly fatting their wallets. That’s the short version.

That’s my soapbox, now back to Idol.

Rickster™ © ®

February 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

Low moans are fine and dandy.. but when you’re yelling out (in a foreign language or not) – THAT’S when you know you’re doing it right. :-)

Rickster™ © ®

February 22nd, 2011
11:44 am

To paraphrase a line from another Kevin Kline movies (The Big Chill) …

go “out with a bang, not a whimper.”

Harm

February 22nd, 2011
11:49 am

Nana is going to the doctor today and said that she will e-mail me when she gets more info. I asked her where the melanoma was located, it is the left side between her neck and shoulder.

Harriett

February 22nd, 2011
12:02 pm

Thanks, Harm. We will be waiting to hear. Sweet, dear Nana!

Sam-A

February 22nd, 2011
12:11 pm

Nana, you are a feisty old gal – get in there and tell that Doc to get this thing offa ya, and don’t take any crap!

Harm

February 22nd, 2011
12:17 pm

I have chores to attend to, when I hear from Nana, I will certainly let you know!

The Hand

February 22nd, 2011
12:39 pm

Don’t make me slap you!!

Rosita

February 22nd, 2011
12:54 pm

Rickster, you’re in top form today, friend! Nothing wrong with sensual whimpering, either. . . (Let’s see how many gray-area words we can get thru!) :-)

losermind

February 22nd, 2011
12:54 pm

is the text message wasn’t miss leading enough… just see crystals selling’s over Lees…. a text or a click it’s not the same as an album… if u want to call, u sure are going to buy that album

Rosita

February 22nd, 2011
12:54 pm

Amen to your medical comment, RxDawg!

Deirdre

February 22nd, 2011
1:03 pm

Joe’s Place has provided some song spoilers for tomorrow night. anyone interested in having them posted here? Yes? No? Too early for song spoilers?

Joe the Plumber

February 22nd, 2011
1:10 pm

We don’t live in a democracy! We live in a society ruled by plutonomists and the rest of the 90% population just sits back and allows it! Why don’t we all take to the streets and overturn Wall Street! Reform now or plutonomy WILL destroy this country and our people!

Rosita

February 22nd, 2011
1:18 pm

“The Big Uneasy” — isn’t that the nickname for New Orleans post-Katrina?
I musta had a Rickster pill for breakfast. . .

Heather MacDonald

February 22nd, 2011
1:39 pm

Rosita, do screaming monkey noises count as a foreign language? LOL

JTesla

February 22nd, 2011
1:40 pm

Rosita

February 22nd, 2011
1:44 pm

Heather, it depends: from you or from Highlander?
And please don’t get too specific!
rofl

Deirdre

February 22nd, 2011
1:48 pm

Well, I guess no response is a response.

RxDawg

February 22nd, 2011
1:54 pm

I don’t like spoilers myself D. There are sites available to those that wish to have no surprises. Of course, this is a free blog so I know my small risk by even coming here. But historicly, this blog has been spoiler free except for links which are fine by me.

JTesla

February 22nd, 2011
1:56 pm

Too early for me for song spoilers. When we are down to 12 discussing what they will sing is fun, when we have 60 it’s not so fun.

Deirdre

February 22nd, 2011
2:00 pm

Not entirely true, Rx. For about the last 5 years we’ve been posting song spoilers…usually about 2 hours before the show begins. This wouldn’t be exactly the same however since those spoilers only start during the top 12 performances.

So, I’ll just say, if you want song spoilers, you can find some, not all at Joe’s Place linked in the column to the right.

Heather MacDonald

February 22nd, 2011
2:18 pm

Rosita, me! LOL

Harriett

February 22nd, 2011
2:24 pm

D, I took a look. I cannot stand the blog on that site. They are so rude to each other and curse at the drop of a hat.

RxDawg

February 22nd, 2011
2:24 pm

Oh yeh good point. I guess that doesn’t really count to me, although I do try to skip over those parts. But a real spoiler in a give-the-end-of-the-movie-away type is saying who is gone and who stays…

Which reminds me of a very funny story. I believe it was the season that Carrie won. Me and some friends got together for the finale show. One of the guys (who obviously didn’t know how to work the DVR) sat down and started playing Idol. Well he tried to skip the little Idol 30sec intro. Instead of skipping the intro, he somehow went directly to the very end and it was so perfect. Ryan Seacrest said “and the winner is… Carrie!” LOL I think we all just threw stuff at the bozo with the remote =D

JTesla

February 22nd, 2011
2:25 pm

Way to go Highlander! One of these days I’ll buy you a pint.

Heather MacDonald

February 22nd, 2011
2:28 pm

Jt, heee heee…. he deserves it. :-)

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