American Idol's returning executive producer Nigel Lythgoe stopped short of saying that the judges have been chosen for the show’s next season, RadarOnline.com has learned, but did indicate a decision will likely come down the pike in about three weeks.
The reality TV mogul told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show Thursday that he was calling from San Francisco, where more than 10,000 hopefuls had auditioned for a coveted spot on the show.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are rumored to be joining incumbent judge Randy Jackson on a three-person panel. The fate of judge Kara DioGuardi, a two-year American Idol veteran, remains up in the air.
Fox's smash hit has undergone some dramatic personnel changes since Paula Abdul left following the end of the show's 2009 season: Simon Cowell, considered by some the heart and soul of the music franchise, left after the 2010 season finale. Abdul's replacement Ellen DeGeneres bolted after just a year, saying she wasn't a good fit for the show.