The superstar singer and songwriter has too many concert appearances right in the middle of Idol season - the show runs from February to May - to be available for the series, says Lythgoe.
Getting Elton to clear his schedule is "always the problem," the producer told the Web site Deadline Hollywood.
New York, (ANI): The new boss of the U.S. hit TV show 'American Idol' has revealed that Elton John is still his No. 1 choice to replace Simon Cowell as a judge on the top-rated talent show. "I must say, I really do love Elton John. He's a huge favorite of mine," the New York Post quoted Nigel Lythgoe, the newly rehired executive producer of "Idol" as saying.