Nigel Lythgoe
Executive producer and television director.
Nigel Lythgoe
Nigel Lythgoe 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.
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Only in America – why Milo had to cross the Atlantic to make it big | Emma Brockes
Guardian (UK) - about 1 month
In Britain Milo Yiannopoulos is seen for what he really is: a phoney provocateur who looks like an estate agent on a night out British celebrities in the US – unless they’re Dame Judi Dench or Adele and too famous for the normal rules to apply – have one advantage in common: a signal-jamming ability to be seen as they’re not seen at home. Even their names sound different to American ears. I remember first thinking this years ago, when Pop Idol became American Idol and Nigel Lythgoe went from LWT to Fox. To Americans “Nasty Nigel” had none of the connotations it does in Britain, that air of something effete and suburban with its inadvertent nod to Mike Leigh. David Frost was less ridiculous in the US than at home; Hugh Grant more straightforwardly charming. (The exception is Simon Cowell, who is exactly the same wherever he is, either because he’s intrinsically transatlantic, or because he doesn’t seem to come from anywhere in particular, bar perhaps Transylvania). Which brings us to Mi ...
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Monday's TV Highlights: 'Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe'
LATimes - 7 months
SERIES So You Think You Can Dance Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo, Nigel Lythgoe and Maddie Ziegler are the judges, and Cat Deeley is the host. 8 p.m. Fox Fast N' Loud Richard buys Aaron a 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA '45, with the goal of restoring the bike appropriate to its original era in just two...
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Monday's TV Highlights: 'Devious Maids' on Lifetime
LATimes - 9 months
SERIES So You Think You Can Dance The top 10 dancers perform in this new episode. Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo and Nigel Lythgoe serve as judges and Cat Deely hosts. 8 p.m. Fox The Fosters Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) is blamed for Nick’s actions in the school lockdown, while Callie (Maia Mitchell)...
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Monday's TV Highlights: 'Devious Maids' on Lifetime
LATimes - 9 months
SERIES So You Think You Can Dance The top 10 dancers perform in this new episode. Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo and Nigel Lythgoe serve as judges and Cat Deely hosts. 8 p.m. Fox The Fosters Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) is blamed for Nick’s actions in the school lockdown, while Callie (Maia Mitchell)...
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Monday's TV Highlights: 'Devious Maids' on Lifetime
LATimes - 9 months
SERIES So You Think You Can Dance The top 10 dancers perform in this new episode. Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo and Nigel Lythgoe serve as judges and Cat Deely hosts. 8 p.m. Fox The Fosters Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) is blamed for Nick’s actions in the school lockdown, while Callie (Maia Mitchell)...
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Monday's TV Highlights: 'Devious Maids' on Lifetime
LATimes - 9 months
SERIES So You Think You Can Dance The top 10 dancers perform in this new episode. Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo and Nigel Lythgoe serve as judges and Cat Deely hosts. 8 p.m. Fox The Fosters Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) is blamed for Nick’s actions in the school lockdown, while Callie (Maia Mitchell)...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nigel Lythgoe
    FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    He also created the 2009 competition Superstars of Dance.
    More Details Hide Details Born in 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.
  • 2008
    Age 58
    On 4 August 2008, Lythgoe confirmed that he was leaving American Idol and decided to move on with So You Think You Can Dance.
    More Details Hide Details 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). On 5 August 2010, American Idol confirmed Lythgoe would be returning as an executive producer to the hit show beginning season 10.
  • 2007
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2003
    Age 53
    He suffered a heart attack in January 2003.
    More Details Hide Details 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) Director Notes Bibliography
  • 2002
    Age 52
    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 50
    In 2000, he became the tough judge on Popstars and was nicknamed "Nasty Nigel" by the British tabloid press.
    More Details Hide Details 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 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.
  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 45
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 24
    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.
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  • 1971
    Age 21
    He became their choreographer in 1971 and has since choreographed over 500 television shows.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1969
    Age 19
    Beginning in 1969, Lythgoe performed with the BBC's The Young Generation dance troupe.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on July 9, 1949.
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