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Popstars 2: Nasty Nigel to return?

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Nigel Lythgoe could be returning to the judging panel for a second series of Popstars.

The former controller of entertainment at LWT, the company behind the first series, left shortly after filming Survivor for a new position at 19 TV. He currently serves as executive producer on Pop Idol, which is to wrap in a couple fo weeks.

Lythgoe is currently in talks, however, to return to LWT as a judge for the second series of Popstars, due to air in the Autumn.

"It depends on the timing," he told the Media Guardian. Besides working on the current run of Pop Idol, he is also negotiating a deal to sell its format off to a US network.

"He could be back on the show," an LWT spokeswoman said. "It would great if he is."

The format of Popstars 2 is currently being reworked to keep the audience interested through the entirety of its run. Production is due to begin in March, with the audition process following in May.

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