"American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe spoke with reporters and was asked how he felt about the ratings success of "The Voice"'s second season and whether or not it's contributing to "American Idol"'s ratings decline.
Lythgoe said: "My thoughts on "The Voice" at the moment are I think it's a fun format. It's very gimmicky, which is interesting at this moment and time. I particularly like the relationship between Blake [Shelton] and Adam [Levine]. Other than that, I think they need stronger talent. We'll see."
"Idol"'s numbers are down from last season, but Lythgoe isn't worried. He said: "After 11 years, I am thrilled with these ratings. We're constantly compared against ourselves and against our own ratings.
"Of course, there's going to be some kind of deterioration in the ratings. We've now got two major programs in "The Voice" and "The X Factor" against us. Whether people like them or dislike them, they're still feeding from the same talent and it's still going to dilute our audience."
Lythgoe was also asked about Ryan Seacrest's future as the host of "American Idol" and whether the show could survive without him. Nigel replied: "There can always be an Idol without anybody. I'm surprised that question's still being asked after Simon [Cowell] left us when everybody said there wouldn't be an Idol without Simon."
Though the show can go on without him, it doesn't mean Lythgoe wants it to. He says, "Seacrest is probably the best host in the business. Why he hasn't received an Emmy yet, I'm not sure. I hate to think of him leaving American Idol. I think he is the glue that sticks it all together and moves it along.
"I don't have anything bad to say about Ryan, apart from he's too good-looking and he's got too much money. I just hope he doesn't leave, to be frank with you. I think they should try and sort out a deal."