06/10/2013 05:07 pm ET Updated Aug 10, 2013

Former Swedish 'Idol' Boss, Per Blankens, Hired As New 'American Idol' EP


"American Idol" went out of the country to find its next executive producer.

Per Blankens, who was in charge of the Swedish version of "Idol," will now replace Nigel Lythgoe for the show's 13th season that kicks off in January. Blankens was also head of programming for Meter Television, one of Scandinavia's production companies that made overseas versions of "Idol," "Master Chef" and "The Biggest Loser."

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