By EW Staff
Updated July 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

Former American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe is close to signing a deal that will return him to the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The move, says THR, could be part of a larger attempt to overhaul the show, which could mean replacing the entire judges panel. Idol creator Simon Fuller is said to be wooing Justin Timberlake and Elton John for slots at the judges’ table.