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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

New 'American Idol' Judges -- Nigel Lythgoe Pushing For Charlie Sheen & Jerry Lewis

New 'Idol' Judges
Nigel Pushing for Charlie Sheen, Jerry Lewis!

"American Idol" producers are sending feelers out every which way as a "very preliminary" step in deciding what the make-up of the show will be for Season 12 ... sources tell TMZ ... but Nigel… READ MORE >

'American Idol' -- We Really, Really Want Jennifer Lopez Back

'American Idol'
We Really, Really Want Jennifer Lopez Back

Jennifer Lopez isn't sure if she'll come back for a third season of "American Idol," but the big cheese on the show says he wants her back in the worst way."A.I." EP Nigel Lythgoe tells TMZ, "We… READ MORE >

- 926 days ago
Ryan Seacrest Really Sick ... May Not Host 'American Idol' Tonight

Ryan Seacrest
Really Sick ... May Not Host 'Idol' Tonight

4:50 PM PDT -- Sources tell TMZ ... Ryan is going to go for it ... although they will have puke buckets on the stage ... just in case he loses it. Ryan Seacrest feels like crap ... so much so he… READ MORE >

- 947 days ago
Jermaine Jones VS. 'American Idol' Producers -- The Confrontation [Video]

Jermaine Jones
VS. 'Idol' Producers The Confrontation [Video]

Jermaine Jones got a swift kick in the ass from reality last night ... when 'Idol' producers confronted the singer on tape and told him he's FIRED from the show for lying about his criminal past.… READ MORE >

- 988 days ago
'American Idol' Honchos -- We Could've SAVED Jermaine Jones ... If He Didn't LIE

'American Idol' Honchos
We Could've SAVED Jermaine ... If He Didn't LIE!

The bigwigs at "American Idol" tell TMZ ... they would have done everything in their power to help Jermaine Jones clear up his legal situation ... if only he would have been HONEST about his past.… READ MORE >

- 989 days ago
'American Idol' Pitches President Barack Obama Duet with Al Green

'American Idol'
Exec Producer Pitches Obama Duet with Al Green

"American Idol" honcho Nigel Lythgoe has balls -- he's asking Prez Obama to come on the show to do the song that made him even more famous -- with Al Green.Seems Nigel was blown away by… READ MORE >

- 1033 days ago
Nigel Lythgoe -- I'll Pay Ryan Seacrest's Salary For 'American Idol'

Nigel Lythgoe
I'll Pay Ryan Seacrest's Salary!

Ryan Seacrest should fear not if producers cut his "American Idol" salary for next season, because we've learned Nigel Lythgoe has vowed to make up the difference ... out of his own… READ MORE >

- 1044 days ago
Kim K -- Calling the Shots for New 'Pussycat Dolls' Show

Kim Kardashian
Calling the Shots for New Pussycat Dolls Show

Kim Kardashian is all set to return to the "Pussycat Dolls" ... only this time, she'll be running things BEHIND THE SCENES -- as the executive producer of a new PCD reality show ... TMZ has… READ MORE >

- 1169 days ago
Amy Winehouse Death -- 'UNEXPLAINED'

Amy Winehouse Death -- 'UNEXPLAINED'

Amy Winehouse's death is "unexplained" .. at least for now -- this, according to Scotland Yard.Police issued a statement, saying, "At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained and there… READ MORE >

- 1223 days ago
Randy Jackson Takes Over Simon's Seat

Randy Jackson
Takes Over Simon's Seat

Nigel Lythgoe has tweeted the first pic of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez (alongside Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest) officially judging "American Idol" auditions.Interestingly, Randy has pulled… READ MORE >

- 1521 days ago

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