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Nigel Lythgoe
Nigel Lythgoe
(born 9 July 1949)[1] 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
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 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography 5 Awards and honours 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Born in Wallasey
on the Wirral,[1] 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.[2] 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. Career[edit]

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.[2] During the 1970s and into the 1980s, Lythgoe had the opportunity to perform with dancers from Cyd Charisse
Cyd Charisse
to Gene Kelly. He also choreographed for Ben Vereen, Shirley Bassey
Shirley Bassey
and (most famously) the Muppets.[2] Lythgoe, in an interview with People said that he was "the only person to dance, choreograph, produce and direct the Royal Variety Performance."[3] 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,[2] where he commissioned and produced shows including Gladiators and Blind Date.[4] In 2000, he became the tough judge on Popstars
and was nicknamed "Nasty Nigel" by the British tabloid press. He was loaned by London Weekend 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
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 Idol. Lythgoe moved to the U.S. in 2002 to produce American Idol
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.[5] 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.[6] 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).

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to return as executive producer of 'American Idol'

On 5 August 2010, American Idol
American Idol
confirmed Lythgoe would be returning as an executive producer to the hit show beginning season 10.[7][8][9] Personal life[edit] Lythgoe married Bonita Shawe in 1974, whom he met while he was choreographer for the BBC's Young Generation dance troupe.[4] 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[10] and have two sons together, Simon and Kristopher and four grandchildren Kyan, Tighe, Dominie and George. He suffered a heart attack in January 2003.[11] He gave up his 60-a-day cigarette habit as a result.[12] He nearly died from a burst appendix in October 2003. He owns Villa San Juliette, a vineyard in Paso Robles, California.[12] Filmography[edit]

Producer (selected credits)

The Next Great American Band            So You Think You Can Dance All American Girl American Juniors American Idol Pop Idol 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
American Idol
(2002) Survivor (2001) Popstars
(2000) Animals Do The Funniest Things (1999) TV Weekly (1988) Gladiators (1992) The Brian Conley Show

Awards and honours[edit]

2015 O.B.E - Order of The British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 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

See also[edit]

List of celebrities who own wineries and vineyards

References[edit] Notes

^ 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 http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:g7heFbC5lbcJ:everything2.com/index.pl%3Fnode_id%3D977386+Bonnie+Lythgoe&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=27&client=safari ^ Waldman, Allison J. (6 August 2007) "Take a Peek Behind the Curtain" Television
Week 26 (31):23 ^ Lythgoe Leaving 'American Idol' ^ Nigel Lythgoe
Nigel Lythgoe
Returns to ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ as Executive Producer ^ " Nigel Lythgoe
Nigel Lythgoe
Returns to "American Idol" - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 5 August 2010.  ^ " Nigel Lythgoe
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 July 2009. ^ " Nigel Lythgoe
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 2012. 


Looseleaf, Victoria (August 2007), "A Man, A Plan, A Wildy Successful TV Show". Dance Magazine. 81 (8):42-46

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