Producer of American Idol Optimistic About Songwriting Contest
Producer of American Idol Optimistic About Songwriting Contest
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Despite the announcement of American Idol producer Ken Warwick regarding the possibility of not pushing through with the songwriting contest, another American Idol producer makes a contradicting yet positive statement.

Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe explained, "Hopefully they're still going to do the [songwriting] competition... it isn't really anything to do with Ken and I. It's to do with 19 [Entertainment] and 19 Music, which is a separate area. I do believe the songwriting contest is going to continue. Keep your eyes on the website..."

Last August, the buzz about the national songwriting contest surfaced. The contest, open for both signed and unsigned songwriters, will supposedly be used to determine the song, which the top 2 finalists on the May 23 finale would sing. Shortly, American Idol creator Simon Fuller acknowledged that the songwriting contest would be a significant help in determining the song that would ideally match the finalists. However, Warwick disclosed last week that due to Idol’s other endeavors like Idol Gives Back, the songwriting contest might not push through. Warwick said, “It's just that we're so, what with the charity show and everything... we're up to our ears in it. It may still happen, but at the moment it's on the back burner.”

To further back up Lythgoe’s optimistic statement regarding the songwriting contest, Lythgoe asserted, “I do believe the [songwriting] competition is going to happen. And if it is going to happen, I think that is a really good way of presenting the songs.”

Furthermore, Lythgoe asserted his optimism and determination to pursue the controversial contest. He added, “I don't know [if that's still going to happen] to be frank with you...I'm still trying to push Fox and say, 'Hey. What's happening? Would you like it?' But we are sort of being sucked into this black hole at the moment called Idol Gives Back where all our attention is going to that. I do believe the [songwriting] competition is going to happen. And if it is going to happen, I think that is a really good way of presenting the songs."

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: RealityTV World

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