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Nigel Lythgoe

Nigel Lythgoe (born 9 July 1949) is an English television and film director and producer, and former dancer in the Young Generation and choreographer. He is noted for being the producer of the shows Pop Idol and American Idol as well as being a creator, executive producer and a regular judge for So You Think You Can Dance. He was also creator of the 2009 competition Superstars of Dance. Born in Wirral, England to dockworker George Percival Lythgoe and mother Gertrude Emily Lythgoe, he became interested in dance at the age of 10. He began with tap and then went on to become a student at the Hylton-Bromley School of Dance and Drama and later at the Perry Cowell School of Dance, both in Wallasey, Merseyside where he studied classical ballet, modern jazz, ballroom, character, classical Greek and National dance from various countries. Lythgoe's first professional job was in the Corps de Ballet for the National tour of "The Merry Widow." He went on to train in London under Joanne Steuer and Molly Molloy. Beginning in 1969, Lythgoe performed with the BBC's "Young Generation" dance troupe. He later became their choreographer in 1971 and has choreographed over 500 television shows. Early in

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Ryan Seacrest -- Takes Friendly Fire Over Most Confusing Game Show Ever

Ryan Seacrest
Takes Friendly Fire Over Most Confusing Game Show Ever

Ryan Seacrest's old 'Idol' pal Nigel Lythgoe shared some kind words about Ryan's other gig, "Million Second Quiz" -- is what we'd say if Nigel hadn't actually ripped it to shreds.  We'd… READ MORE >

Nigel Lythgoe -- 'Million Second Quiz' Was a TERRIBLE Concept

Nigel Lythgoe
'Million Second Quiz' Was a TERRIBLE Concept

THIIISSS ... is Ryan Seacrest getting OBLITERATED by his former "American Idol" executive producer, who called "Million Second Quiz" the worst TV concept he's seen in a while. Here's the backstory… READ MORE >

- 277 days ago
Nigel Lythgoe -- I Would Let Justin Bieber Mentor 'Idols' But ...

Nigel Lythgoe
I WOULD Let Justin Bieber Mentor 'Idols', BUT ...

Justin Bieber's recent wave of d-bag shenanigans has not gone unnoticed in the music world ... so when we asked "American Idol" honcho Nigel Lythgoe if the Biebs was "Idol" mentor material, his… READ MORE >

- 469 days ago
Former 'American Idol' Contestants -- Nigel Gave Us Our Big Break ... But We're Still Suing [video]

Former 'Idol' Contestants
Nigel Gave Us Our Break ... But We're Still Suing

Just months before ex "American Idol" contestants Terrell and Derrell Brittenum took legal action against the show -- over allegations of racism -- they publicly THANKED Nigel Lythgoe for giving… READ MORE >

- 531 days ago
'American Idol' Finalists -- The Show Is NOT RACIST

'Idol' Finalists
The Show Is NOT RACIST

Four "American Idol" finalists from different seasons -- two of whom are black -- insist the singing competition is many things ... but racist is NOT one of them.TMZ broke the story ... nine black… READ MORE >

- 532 days ago
'American Idol' -- Accused of RACISM by 9 Black Ex-Contestants

'American Idol'
Accused of RACISM by 9 Black Ex-Contestants

Nine black former "American Idol" contestants -- from various seasons -- are banding together to SUE the show ... claiming they were all FORCED off "Idol" as part of a racist (and illegal) plot to… READ MORE >

- 534 days ago
Nigel Lythgoe -- 'American Idol' Could Die Without Ryan Seacrest

Nigel Lythgoe
'American Idol' Could Die Without Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest is the lifeblood of "American Idol" ... and without him, the show would struggle to survive -- so says executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.Nigel was out in L.A. yesterday when we… READ MORE >

- 543 days ago
Nigel Lythgoe -- Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj Beef Is REAL ... And Here's Proof

Nigel Lythgoe
Mariah & Nicki Beef Is REAL ... And Here's Proof

"American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe is adamant ... the bitter feud between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj is as real as it gets -- and his proof lies in simple logic.Nigel was out in L.A.… READ MORE >

- 634 days ago
Nigel Lythgoe's Niece Charlotte Dujardin Gold Medals Twice in Olympics

Nigel Lythgoe's Niece
Gold Medals Twice In That Horse Thing

Nigel Lythgoe's niece is now England's idol, after winning her second gold medal in the Olympics this morning.Charlotte Dujardin rode her way to victory in the non-sport of dressage ... a fancy… READ MORE >

- 703 days ago
Charlie Sheen -- Count Me in for 'American Idol' ... BUT ONLY IF ...

Charlie Sheen
Count Me in for 'Idol' BUT ONLY IF ...

Charlie Sheen tells TMZ, he's 100% on board to judge the next season of "American Idol" -- but there are several conditions that must be met before he signs the dotted line.As TMZ first reported,… READ MORE >

- 732 days ago

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