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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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'So You Think You Can Dance' Renewed For Season 9

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 6th 2011 6:15PM
Fox has renewed its Emmy-nominated talent competition 'So You Think You Can Dance' for Season 9.

'SYTYCD' creator and judge Nigel Lythgoe confirmed the news on Twitter. "FOX has picked up #SYTYCD for it's 9th season, it was announced today by Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox. [HOORAY]," Lythgoe tweeted.

"For the past eight seasons, 'So You Think You Can Dance' has been a huge part of our success," Darnell said in a statement. We are excited to bring the series and an incredible set of new dancers back for another fantastic season."

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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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Two Dancers Sent to the Hospital on 'So You Think You Can Dance' Hell Week (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 9th 2011 2:18AM
Ryan Ramirez, 'So You Think You Can Dance'It was 'Hell Week' on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX), which is one of the most brutal boot camps of any reality show. The dancers work from sun-up to well past sun-down most days, and all that training with so little rest takes its toll.

This season saw two early notable contestants sent to the hospital. Sasha and Natalia Mallory auditioned side-by-side, and even took to the stage together for their solo performance in Vegas.

So it was no surprise that Sasha was ready to follow Natalia to the hospital when the latter's blood sugar dropped and the medics recommended she get checked out.

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Former Stripper Ieshia Moss Fails to Impress on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 27th 2011 12:54AM
Ieshia Moss, 'So You Think You Can Dance, premiereSummertime means a new season of 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Thu., 8PM ET on FOX). And a new season of 'SYTYCD' means a new batch of crazies in these early audition rounds. One of the more memorable contestants in this season's premiere was Ieshia Moss, a self-described former stripper.

"That's [where] my booty-popping comes from," she explained before breaking into her routine. It did include a lot of booty work, but what it was missing was dancing.

"I totally understand how that works great in gentlemen's clubs. But on this stage, I almost needed a little more," Nigel Lythgoe said, before quickly adding, "When I say that, I meant of dance style."

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'American Idol:' Nigel Lythgoe on James Durbin's Elimination, Rumors of Fixing Final 3

by Hilary Rothing, posted May 17th 2011 4:30PM
Nigel Lythgoe is a very busy man, producing and appearing in some of America's most highly rated television shows, but he still finds time to not only Tweet but pay close attention to what his followers are saying.

And after last week's elimination of James Durbin on 'American Idol,' it seems the 140 character conspiracy theories on Lythgoe's involvement in shaping the Top 3 have flooded the mega-producers Twitter feed.

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Ke$ha Books Nickelodeon Guest Role, 'Idol' Castoffs Head to Leno and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 1st 2011 12:00PM
Ke$haKe$ha is heading to ... Nickelodeon? The not-quite-family-friendly 'Tik Tok' singer will guest star and perform on episode of 'Victorious.'

In the episode, Victoria and her friends try to win a private Ke$ha concert by piecing together the singer's name from items found at the bottom of ice cream containers.

"It's a private concert, and yeah, I will say that the costumes are awesome and there's definitely lots of glitter," Victoria Justice told Entertainment Weekly.

"It was really fun to film," she said. "It's the first time on my show that we've had a successful radio artist perform on the show. Ke$ha's kind of edgier, and I think that it's cool to bring that element to the show."

In other TV news ...

When the 'American Idol' contestants get the boot, they won't be go to visit David Letterman anymore. 'Idol' castoffs will now appear on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Fridays. [NBC]

Ready to head back to 'Treme'? The HBO series' 11-episode second season premiere is scheduled for April 24. [HBO]

The 'Top Chef All-Stars' finale was seen by 2.77 million viewers. It was a season high for the cooking competition series. [Bravo]

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Nigel Lythgoe Talks Up Kinder, Gentler 'American Idol'

by Hilary Rothing, posted Feb 17th 2011 3:30PM
If you think that that warm and fuzzy feeling you get while watching 'American Idol' this season is because of the Snuggie you're wrapped in, well, you're wrong.

Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has all intentions of making America's no. 1 TV show the feel-good hit of the season.

In a media conference call this afternoon, Lythgoe explained the shift in the show's vibe, which one can't simply attribute to the departure of Simon Cowell.

"I feel that with the times we are in, the economic crisis we are in, I believe in America now, we need warmth," he said. "The positions we find ourselves in, we are going to get ourselves out of. The true mark of any program-maker is judging the times and society when the program goes out. We need to be warmer and we need to think we have a future."

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Nigel Lythgoe Announces 'CMT's Next Superstar,' 'Top Chef' Heads to the Bahamas and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 9th 2011 4:00PM
Nigel LythgoeNigel Lythgoe is apparently not content to dominate the televised singing competition space with 'American Idol' and the televised dancing competition space with 'So You Think You Can Dance.'

Since the man seemingly won't sleep until he controls every successful TV talent show out there, he's launching a new country music comeptition series on CMT.

'CMT's Next Superstar' will debut its 10-episode first season in April, Entertainment Weekly reports.

"This isn't just a singing competition. The contestants will also be judged on their songwriting, radio interviews and music videos," Lythgoe said in a statement. "We're looking for more than just a singer. We want the complete creative, talented package -- performer, personality and writer. We want the next country superstar."

In other TV news ...

The CW picked up another pilot, based on 'Vampire Diaries' author L.J. Smith's 'Secret Circle' series. That's not the only TVD connection; co-creator Kevin Williamson just joined the project as an executive producer. No vampires in this one, though. Just witches. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Kerry Washington has booked the lead role in 'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rhimes' new pilot. Washington will play Olivia Price, a high-powered crisis-management consultant in 'In Crisis.' [Deadline]

The 'Top Chef All Stars' finale will take place in the noted culinary capital of ... the Bahamas? Maybe the crew just wanted to get out of the snowy disaster that has been New York City for the past few months. The four-part finale will begin airing next month. "The setting gets the contestants excited because it takes them out of their element and gives them great ingredients," judge Gail Simmons said. [TV Guide]

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Nigel Lythgoe 'Thrilled and Delighted' With 'American Idol' Premiere

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 21st 2011 8:20AM
Nigel LythgoeYesterday we reported how the ratings for the debut of 'American Idol' Season 10 were lower than for previous seasons. However, exec producer "Nasty" Nigel Lythgoe says he's not worried.

Speaking about the new Cowell-less show, he told The Hollywood Reporter that he's "thrilled and delighted at the reaction to the new panel."

He also teased that viewers can expect to see an incredible range of performers in the coming weeks. "Wait until the talent begins to surface," he said. "There will be more than one star this year."

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Latest 'American Idol' Changes: 'Behind the Music' Meets 'Big Brother'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 8th 2010 7:25AM
'American Idol' logoDespite saying that the level of talent for the upcoming Season 10 is "amazing," 'American Idol' producers must be feeling nervous, as news reaches us of yet more tweaks to the show's format.

After this summer's "Judgegate" controversy, is it a ploy to refocus viewers' attention away from the judges and back onto the singers?

Recently we told you how Nigel Lythgoe had axed the semifinals round, and how this season may be the first to allow online voting. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the buzzword for Season 10 is "transparency," and to that end creator Simon Fuller wants to keep fans hooked with more behind-the-scenes footage and direct interaction with the finalists.

So, welcome to the 'American Idol' house! Sources close to the show say that the final 12 will share a house in the Hollywood Hills, where they will be allowed to chat with fans via Twitter. Singers may also be taken on a road trip to Las Vegas where they'll do a crossover with Cirque du Soleil's Beatles-inspired show, 'Love.'

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Nigel Lythgoe Reveals New Challenges on 'American Idol'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 18th 2010 8:10AM
'American Idol' logoNigel Lythgoe's "new broom" effect continues at 'American Idol.' The upcoming 10th season will not only see the debut of new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, but will also have some new tweaks to the format, and some brand-new challenges for the contestants

In an interview with TVGuide.com "Nasty Nigel" provided some details about the changes he's made since returning as executive producer. When the show returns Jan. 12, Lythgoe said that that the finalists will face a range of challenges new to the show, including making music videos, learning to promote themselves, and working with a band and dancers for an awards show-style performance.

Lythgoe also revealed that he's axed the semifinals round that shrinks the contestants from a group of 24 to 12, instead opting to go straight to the top 12.

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Will J.Lo Be the New Simon Cowell? More About the 'American Idol' Judges Shake-Up

by Sharon Knolle, posted Sep 22nd 2010 6:45PM
Now that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have been officially confirmed as 'American Idol' judges for season 10, what other shakeups can we expect?

Try, no more guest judges or mentors. And no more forcing everyone to sing disco.

Here's the top tidbits TV Squad learned at this morning's press conference.

Who's the new Simon Cowell?
"We're not looking to replace Simon," insisted Fox executive Mike Darnell. 'Idol' producer Nigel Lythgoe added, "It isn't about role playing. It's about being yourself. That was Simon's character and [the new judges] are going to stay true to their characters."

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