Producer says Michael Jackson won't be on Idol
When asked if Jackson would be on the show, Lythgoe stated "we won't be seeing him." He also indicated that he wasn't just saying this as a "tease" or because the details are up in the air. Lythgoe added, "the fact is he will not be on American Idol."
However, I'm still not sure I believe Lythgoe. If you recall, last year Idol producers tried to make us believe that Prince wouldn't appear or perform on the show. And we all know how that turned out.
Idol prides itself on being a family show, and I think they know that an appearance by Jackson, an accused child molester, would be too controversial. However, I wouldn't be surprised if they've planned a "Michael Jackson Theme Week." This would allow Jackson's music to speak for itself (and reach millions) without causing too much of a public uproar.
Lythgoe went out of the way to say we won't "see" Jackson on Idol, which leads me to believe that maybe, just maybe, we'll be "hearing" him instead.