Last season, he admitted, the show was chock full of big names such as Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani. But Lythgoe told reporters â€œwe got carried away with the mentors,â€ and the focus will shift to the contestants this season.
â€œWe will spend more time talking to the kids about their lives, what they want from this competition,â€ he said.
Of course, there will still be guest judges this year. But Britney Spears won't be one of them.
â€œBritney, at this moment in time, I donâ€™t think is well enough to do anything,â€ he said. â€œI think she needs looking after. I think she needs to pull herself together.â€
With ratings slipping a bit last year, Lythgoe said he has no illusions that the show will go on forever.
â€œIâ€™m not that stupid,â€ he said. â€œI do think that it will dip in the ratings. Thatâ€™s for other people to worry about. I just worry about making the best show I can make while Iâ€™m employed by that show."
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