Only three months until Season Ten starts auditions! And maybe in the biggest change ever for the show, no Simon Cowell and no Ricky Minor band. Here's a thread to talk about your ideas for making the transition.
First up, ex-producer Nigel Lythgoe has his own suggestions:
'American Idol' ex-producer Nigel Lythgoe: 'I would replace the entire judging panel'
You can quibble with the makeup of the panel, but I think Nigel is on the right track. Don't just replace Simon; sweep the show clean. I would keep Ryan, and replace everyone else. That way there are no direct comparisons. What do you think?