OBE (born 9 July 1949) is an English television and
film director and producer, television dance competition judge, former
dancer in the Young Generation and choreographer. He was the producer
of the shows
Pop Idol and
American Idol and is the creator and
executive producer of, and a regular judge on, So You Think You Can
Dance. He also created the 2009 competition Superstars of Dance.
1 Early life
3 Personal life
5 Awards and honours
6 See also
8 External links
Wallasey on the Wirral, to dockworker George Percival
Lythgoe and Gertrude Emily Lythgoe, he became interested in dance at
the age of 10. He began tap dancing, and went on to study at the
Hylton-Bromley School of Dance and Drama and 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
trained in London under Joanne Steuer and Molly Molloy. Beginning
in 1969, Lythgoe performed with the BBC's The Young Generation dance
troupe. He became their choreographer in 1971 and has since
choreographed over 500 television shows.
Lythgoe in 1976, with dance group
Early in Lythgoe's career, he learned to use techniques (e.g.
multi-cameras) to film choreography well, a skill that would lead to a
TV career. During the 1970s and into the 1980s, Lythgoe had the
opportunity to perform with dancers from
Cyd Charisse to Gene Kelly.
He also choreographed for Ben Vereen,
Shirley Bassey and (most
famously) the Muppets. Lythgoe, in an interview with People said
that he was "the only person to dance, choreograph, produce and direct
the Royal Variety Performance."
After working his way through the television industry, including at
TVS, by 1995, Lythgoe held the post of Head of Entertainment and
Comedy at London Weekend Television, where he commissioned and
produced shows including Gladiators and Blind Date.
In 2000, he became the tough judge on
Popstars and was nicknamed
"Nasty Nigel" by the British tabloid press. He was loaned by London
Television to Bob Geldof's television company
Planet 24 to
executive produce and direct the UK version of Survivor. Lythgoe then
joined Simon Fuller's
19 Entertainment group as President of 19
Television. He developed and produced a new show created by Fuller,
Pop Idol. This then became a global franchise that includes American
Lythgoe moved to the U.S. in 2002 to produce
American Idol and then
became producer/judge and co-creator of So You Think You Can Dance on
the FOX television network.
Lythgoe, and his production partner Ken Warwick, who went to school
together from age 12, initially agreed to produce the 2007 Emmys, but
could not due to scheduling conflicts with SYTYCD.
In 2007, Lythgoe worked with a number of prominent California-based
Brits, including then-British Consul-General Bob Peirce, to found
BritWeek, an annual program of events held in Los Angeles and Orange
County to celebrate the strong business, historical, and entertainment
ties between the UK and California.
On 4 August 2008, Lythgoe confirmed that he was leaving American Idol
and decided to move on with So You Think You Can Dance.
In 2009, Lythgoe and Fuller formed a company called Big Red 2
Entertainment. Fuller is a fan of Manchester United and Lythgoe of
Liverpool. Both teams play in red. Their first venture was Superstars
of Dance for NBC.
He is also a judge on So You Think You Can Dance (UK).
Wikinews has related news:
Nigel Lythgoe to return as executive
producer of 'American Idol'
On 5 August 2010,
American Idol confirmed Lythgoe would be returning
as an executive producer to the hit show beginning season 10.
Lythgoe married Bonita Shawe in 1974, whom he met while he was
choreographer for the BBC's Young Generation dance troupe. Shawe
was also an audition judge on the first season of So You Think You Can
Dance and was a judge on the Australian version of So You Think You
Can Dance for the first three seasons. The couple divorced in 2010
and have two sons together, Simon and Kristopher and four
grandchildren Kyan, Tighe, Dominie and George.
He suffered a heart attack in January 2003. He gave up his
60-a-day cigarette habit as a result. He nearly died from a burst
appendix in October 2003.
He owns Villa San Juliette, a vineyard in Paso Robles, California.
Producer (selected credits)
The Next Great American Band
So You Think You Can Dance
All American Girl
The Brian Conley Show
Superstars of Dance
Idol Gives Back
CMT's Next Superstar
Superstars of Dance (2009)
So You Think You Can Dance (2005)
All American Girl (2003)
American Idol (2002)
Animals Do The Funniest Things (1999)
TV Weekly (1988)
The Brian Conley Show
Awards and honours
2015 O.B.E - Order of The British Empire by Her Majesty Queen
2014 Ellis Island International Medal of Honor
2011 International Emmy: Founders Award - Winner
2008 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
2007 The Governors Award - Winner
2007 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
2006 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
2005 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
2004 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
2003 Grammy: Album of the Year - Nominee
List of celebrities who own wineries and vineyards
^ a b "Nigel Lythgoe". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
^ a b c d Looseleaf, p. 43
^ Rizzo, Monica (8 August 2005), "Talking with So You Think You Can
Dance 's...Nigel Lythgoe" People, 64 (6):38
^ a b
^ Waldman, Allison J. (6 August 2007) "Take a Peek Behind the Curtain"
Television Week 26 (31):23
^ Lythgoe Leaving 'American Idol'
Nigel Lythgoe Returns to ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ as Executive Producer
Nigel Lythgoe Returns to "American Idol" - ABC News".
Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
Nigel Lythgoe Returns to 'Idol' as Executive Producer".
BusinessWeek. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
^ Colin Vickery and Siobhan Duck (20 February 2008) "So You Think You
Can Dance's Bonnie Lythgoe's marriage gloom" Herald Sun. Retrieved 23
Nigel Lythgoe suffers heart attack". United Kingdom: BBC. 16
January 2003. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
^ a b Barber, Richard (20 August 2009). "Remember Nasty Nigel Lythgoe?
He's nearly died twice, owns six houses - and his wife's run off with
another man". Daily Mail. London: Associated Newspapers Ltd.
ISSN 0307-7578. OCLC 16310567. Retrieved 13 April
Looseleaf, Victoria (August 2007), "A Man, A Plan, A Wildy Successful
TV Show". Dance Magazine. 81 (8):42-46
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