Nigel Lythgoe Returning To American Idol
Posted on Thu Aug 30, 2012 09:00 AM PDT

Lythgoe200wire.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Following months of negotiations, Nigel Lythgoe has finalized his contract to return as executive producer of American Idol next season.

Due to the time it took for executives to reach a decision regarding Lythgoe, production is said to be "way behind normal schedule," a source told E! News. Apparently Lythgoe is anxious to secure the vacant judging seats. The only officially confirmed judge at the current time is Mariah Carey.

Celebrities being considered include Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, and Enrique Iglesias.

An official announcement is expected to be made soon.