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Nigel Lythgoe has a long history in television and the performing arts. A former dancer and choreographer, Nigel is the co-creator, executive producer and co-judge of So You Think You Can Dance, Nigel is also the executive producer of American Idol.

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Nigel Lythgoe began tap dancing at the age of 10. This passion led him to study classical ballet, modern jazz, ballroom, and character dance at both the Hylton-Bromley School of Dance and Drama and at the Perry Cowell School of Dance. His first job was in the Corps de Ballet, though he later whent on to perform with the BBC's "Young Generation" dance troupe. A few years alter, Nigel became this group's choreographer and since then has choreographed well over 500 TV shows.

His full & inspirational career led him to additional endeavors in television. Among the shows he helped develop and produce include Planet 24, Survivor (UK), American Idol and most recently SYTYCD.

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5 messages to Nigel Lythgoe

  1. Please give us an update on last year’s winners. I thought all four of them were great and would like to know what they are doing now. Thanks

  2. Please give us an update on last year’s four winners. I thought they were great and would like to know what they’re doing now.

  3. dee says:

    Dear Mr. Nigel Lythgoe,

    I love so you can dance show because we are see top quality dancers. I am mad with you this year because you are criticize the most great dancers, like George and others, and you always praise the worse dancer ever been on the show CYRUS who does not belong there because he does not know how to dance, why are you doing this? He must be a nice guy but has nothing to do with dancing. You are showing us the best, why are you talking so highly of his dancing when you know he does not belong there. Please tell me is it fair to the great dancers there? NO NO NO. He dance so bad at the last show, I switch to another channel. Oh you judges make me so mad this year.

    I still love you though, dee.

  4. betty boo says:

    Nigel, I love how the format is this year. I love that you are so great at sticking to what this show is ALL about. Versatility in ALL genre’s and connecting. Cyrus may not be a technical dancer but He does deserve to be there because he has character. So Happy WITNEY is still there. She very much deserves to. Most versatile dancer and really connects with her partner. That is something you can’t be taught. I commend you this season. WELL DONE!

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