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Nigel Lythgoe Says No Big Changes Planned for 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 25th 2011 8:00AM
With the Season 11 premiere only a few weeks away, 'American Idol' boss Nigel Lythgoe has released a new promo video (watch it after the jump) and talked about his plans for the show.

After all the upheaval surrounding Season 10 after the departure of Simon Cowell and the most of the judging panel, Lythgoe says he's done changing the show around. He told the AP "I think we made a lot of tweaks last year. I'm not sure that we want to make too many more tweaks this year."

Lythgoe acknowledged that the biggest change he made to the show in Season 10, which was to stop making contestants sing in styles other than their own, had been a game-changer. It produced the first country winner since 2005, and made it possible for contestants like Casey Abrams to go further in the competition than they might have done otherwise.

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First MDA Labor Day Telethon Held Without Jerry Lewis Raises $61.5 Million

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 5th 2011 7:15AM
Jerry LewisIt was the end of an era Sunday night as the first Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon was held without comedy legend Jerry Lewis at the helm. The good news is that this year's show raised almost $61.5 million for the MDA, up about $2.6 million from 2010.

However, the absent Lewis was on the minds of many, and Nigel Lythgoe, who co-hosted this year's telethon with Jann Carl said he was sad that his predecessor didn't participate, but that the MDA needs to move on to ensure the fundraiser continues.

Lythgoe also told the Associated Press that he'd been expecting Lewis to show up, either during the telecast, or to pre-tape his signature song 'You'll Never Walk Alone.'

"I was fully expecting him to turn up at any point and join that six hours -- and I'm sorry he didn't," Lythgoe said. "And hopefully another year he might. I mean, he knows that he is always welcome on the telethon. It's his baby."

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Nigel Lythgoe Remembers Farting in Front of the Royal Family (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 14th 2011 1:15PM
These days, Nigel Lythgoe is a big time producer and a judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance.' As he explained Wednesday on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), he hasn't always been so smooth. Lythgoe, who started his career as a dancer, talked about an early show gone wrong at the Royal Variety Performance, which is held annually in the U.K.

Eartha Kitt was singing 'Aquarius' at this particular performance, backed by a boy dancer. "I had to go behind the pair of them, put my arms around them, and using my thighs, lift them both up in the air," Lythgoe explained. "Well, every bit of air left my body."

That was Lythgoe's attempt to word things delicately. Holly Robinson Peete would have none of it, and asked, "Did you poot?" Lythgoe was taken aback, and assured them he did not poo. It was then explained to him she said "poot," with a "t," which means fart. "Yes, thank you very much for helping me explain, translating," said Lythgoe. "I've heard the word in America is 'fart.'" And now he knows we have a multitude of words to explain passing gas in front of the Royal Family.

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'So You Think You Can Dance' Nabs Lady Gaga as Guest Judge

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 4th 2011 9:30AM
Lady GagaLady Gaga has already dished out the advice as a guest mentor on the 'American Idol' this year, and now we hear that she'll be bringing her brand of theatricality to 'So You Think You Can Dance' later on this summer.

A Fox source told 'Entertainment Weekly' that Lady Gaga will be a guest judge on 'SYTYCD' sometime before the talent show's Season 8 Finale in August.

Judge Nigel Lythgoe hinted at a Gaga appearance during a recent interview with Yahoo. He said she'll "give great advice on how to handle yourself, how to be creatve with what you do, and how to be a fabulous performer. She has actually done what I want these [contestants] to do, which is get an audience behind them."

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Another Injury Sends a Dancer Home on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 16th 2010 1:40AM
Another Injury Sends a Dancer Home on 'So You Think You Can Dance'Once again, outside factors are playing a part on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Thu., 9PM on Fox). For the second week in a row, a dancer has been kicked off the show, not because of failure on their part -- but due to an injury.

[Spoiler alert.]

Last week, Alex was booted from the show. This time around, it was Ashley. It was all very sad. But the judges wanted to take into account Ashley's safety and her personal health. They felt that she needed at least three to five weeks of rest, and so, Ashley was unable to continue on the series.

Ashley cried upon being removed from the contest. "How do you feel at this exact moment?" asked host Cat Deeley.

"I'm very disappointed," said Ashley. " ... And it just hurts -- that I have to leave like this." Ashley was weeping as she spoke these words. Then, she tried to apologize to Cat.

"Don't say 'sorry,'" Cat replied. "You tried your hardest." Yes. Please don't apologize, Ashley. You didn't do anything wrong. It's just an unfortunate injury.

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More Radical Changes in Store for 'So You Think You Can Dance'

by Sharon Knolle, posted Mar 29th 2010 10:00PM
If you thought changing partners every week on 'So You Think You Can Dance' counts as a big shake-up, brace yourself for the latest rule changes: No Top 20 and the return of several "All Stars" from past seasons.

Over the weekend, producer
Nigel Lythgoe tweeted some radical new rules for season 7, which premieres May 27: "No top 20! No choosing genres! Only one goes home each week CHANGE - Less than 4 compete in the Finale!" Previous seasons featured six finalists competing for the title of "America's Favorite Dancer."

Today, he added more shake-ups via his Twitter account:
"We are forming a 'dance-pool' of your favorite dancers from previous Seasons to act as partners for this year's top 10." Lythgoe went on to explain, "the dancers will change partners each week picked from an 'All-Star Pool.' Each 'All-star' will be a specialist in specific genres of dance." Lythgoe announced he'll be hand picking the dancers for the All-Star Pool, who'll be chosen from all six seasons.

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AOL TV Breaks 'So You Think You Can Dance' Tweets to Adam Shankman

by Sharon Knolle, posted Mar 26th 2010 11:43AM
Adam Shankman is busy judging auditions for season 7 of 'So You Think You Can Dance,' but that doesn't mean he's up on the latest changes to the show. At the Hollywood premiere of 'The Last Song' last night, he was surprised to hear the news producer Nigel Lythgoe tweeted about yesterday.

"He's not filling me in!" he said. After learning two of the major new changes -- partners change every week and only one person will be eliminated each week -- he laughed, "Oh great, I love this, that I'm finding out from you!"

Shankman gave his thoughts on the new rules and his own ideas for the show, which, unfortunately, "keep getting shut down," the best city so far in the audition process and why this season will be even more competitive.

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Producer Tweets About Big Changes for 'So You Think You Can Dance'

by Sharon Knolle, posted Mar 25th 2010 5:37PM
Producer Nigel Lythgoe tweeted today about the "shocking but GREAT" changes to season 7 of 'So You Think You Can Dance.' First major shake-up: Partners will change every week.

That's bad news for viewers who fell in love with pairings such as last season's Jakob Karr and Ashleigh Di Lello, but good news for younger dancers like Mollee Gray and Nathan Trasoras, who both matured considerably when split up and partnered with more experienced partners.

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Elton John for Simon Cowell on 'American Idol?'

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 13th 2010 11:01AM
Elton John'American Idol' producer Nigel Lythgoe has hinted that a good replacement for the departing Simon Cowell would be none other than Sir Elton John himself. The question is, can Sir Elton be as entertaining as Cowell?

Cowell had an acerbic wit that entertained and spoke what the viewers were thinking. If John didn't repeat that methodology, he'd be called boring. If he did, he'd be called nasty. Is Elton John known for being snide and sarcastic? He's more well-known, other than his music, for being ostentatious and wearing strange glasses.

On the other hand, Elton John has been a big name in the music industry for a long time and would certainly be credible as a judge. IT depends on who his fellow judges are and whether they have good chemistry together.

Would Elton John's presence be an indicator that the show has done that thing that shows that stay too long do?

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'So You Think You Can Dance' Returning May 27

by Sharon Knolle, posted Feb 4th 2010 1:27PM
The hot tamale train is coming back sooner than expected: Fox has just announced that 'So You Think You Can Dance' will return on May 27, making it three seasons running nearly back to back. That frequency unfortunately compromised the season 6 tour, which has been postponed indefinitely.

The reality dance competition show begins, like 'American Idol,' with hundreds of hopefuls both good and awful. They'll try out in front of a panel of judges that include Mary Murphy and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. Auditions will take place in Dallas on March 10, Nashville on March 14, Chicago on March 18 and Los Angeles on March 26.

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Review: So You Think You Can Dance - Top 6 Perform

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 16th 2009 1:35AM
So You Think You Can Dance: Top 6
For the first time in the history of So You Think You Can Dance, we have six dancers in the final performance show, which makes it even more unpredictable. It was a great night of dancing, but I'm not even going to venture a guess as to who might win, as a strong case could be made for at least five of them.

I would have liked to see tonight's episode be a two-hour showcase rather than tomorrow's finale. We could then have seen each of the dancers perform in solos, or perhaps some of the more diverse couplings and group numbers we've gotten on other finales.

Instead, we got nine dances, pairing each guy with each girl through the night. It was wall-to-wall dancing to pack it into an hour, which was a refreshing change, and we did get to see married couple Ryan and Ashleigh perform together ... and not in a ballroom routine.

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Review: So You Think You Can Dance - Top 8 Revealed

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 3rd 2009 2:06AM
I go into these elimination shows expecting a lot of pad and filler. But when it's a dance show, I want to see dancing; which is why I'm always a little perplexed when musical guests who don't dance show up. This week's musical guest was Snoop Dogg, and I really enjoyed it. And yes, I know that Snoop does little more than bounce and swagger.

It was that either he or the producers were smart about how to put together his stage show. Hip-hop videos are known for dancing, so why not bring that dancing to the live show? Joining Snoop on stage was Quest, a former winner of America's Best Dance Crew, as well as the dance home for three former SYTYCD contestants: Ryan, Dominic and Hok.

What about the results, though? I was surprised that even though we've switched to voting for individual dancers, it was still two couples from last night's performance show that wound up in the bottom.

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'So You Think You Can Dance' Judges Go Wild for Ellenore and Jakob (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 2nd 2009 11:43AM
The 'So You Think You Can Dance' judges gushed over Ellenore Scott and Jakob Karr's contemporary dance last night as the top 10 competitors performed.

"You guys are like the new dream team," Mary Murphy said. "You guys delivered and then some."

Nigel Lythgoe also offered praise for the couple's performance in what can only be charitably described as a mini freak-out. Catch his conniption in our clip.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: So You Think You Can Dance - Top 10 Perform

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 2nd 2009 1:57AM
Ellenore Scott(S06E19) What an amazing and jam-packed night of dance. With ten couple dances and ten solos, it was wall-to-wall performances. Amazingly, almost every single one of the performances was excellent.

Honestly, I am so impressed with this entire Top 10, I can't say enough good things about them. Sonya Tayeh finally blew me away as a choreographer. Working with Ellenore is a match made in heaven for both of them, really.

We've got a lot to cover, so why are you still here? Jump into the article and get to reading about all of it already!

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Review: So You Think You Can Dance - Top 12 Perform

by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 25th 2009 2:35AM
The top twelve of So You Think You Can Dance
(S06E17) This week determines the top ten of So You Think You Can Dance. We welcome the top twelve dancers and judging by the audience, Legacy and Jakob are the most loved. With Dancing with the Stars ending this week, I'm happy that I can devote more time to this show because the dancing is a higher caliber and it isn't just a celebrity popularity contest.

Tonight we got to see the first Can Can and the return of the Lindy Hop. I am happy that the show continues to break the boundaries of dance and shine a light on new choreographers.

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