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Harry Connick Jr. leads changes to 'Idol'

Harry Connick Jr. leads changes to 'Idol'

Jan. 14 (UPI) -- After a season more notable for its cat-fighting judges panel than for its talent pool, 'American Idol' is hoping a spate of changes, including new judge Harry Connick Jr., will revive the flagging show.
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Allison Holker marries 'So You Think You Can Dance' co-star Stephen 'Twitch' Boss

Allison Holker marries 'So You Think You Can Dance' co-star Stephen 'Twitch' Boss

Dec. 12 (UPI) -- "So You Think You Can Dance" contestants Allison Holker and Stephen "Twitch" Boss married Tuesday in a private ceremony in Paso Robles, Calif.
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Paula Abdul serves as guest judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Paula Abdul serves as guest judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (UPI) -- Singer, dancer and choreographer Paula Abdul served as a guest judge on Tuesday night's edition of "So You Think You Can Dance" in Los Angeles.

Nigel Lythgoe fired from 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, June 9 (UPI) -- "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has confirmed he has been fired from the show, but told fans not to worry, because "Fox still loves me."
Alan Cumming to host Britannia Awards

Alan Cumming to host Britannia Awards

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Scottish actor Alan Cumming is to return for a fourth time as host of the 2012 Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., organizers announced.
BAFTALA to honor Daniel Day-Lewis

BAFTALA to honor Daniel Day-Lewis

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles says it plans to honor Daniel Day-Lewis at the 2012 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards next month.
Jones officially dismissed from 'Idol'

Jones officially dismissed from 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (UPI) -- "American Idol" executive producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe confronted Jermaine Jones on camera about his criminal past before dismissing him.

'Idol' cool to stage battle with 'X' champ

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The producer of "American Idol" says he's not keen on the idea of putting his winner on up against the winners of Fox's "The X Factor" and NBC's "The Voice."
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Paula Abdul confirms 'X Factor' firing

Paula Abdul confirms 'X Factor' firing

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Paula Abdul confirmed Tuesday she has been fired from the American version of the British talent competition series "The X Factor."
Lythgoe wants Abdul back on 'Idol'

Lythgoe wants Abdul back on 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Returning executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says he would love to see former judge Paula Abdul back on TV's "American Idol."
Lythgoe returning as 'Idol' producer

Lythgoe returning as 'Idol' producer

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Nigel Lythgoe is to return as an executive producer of "American Idol" next season, 19 Entertainment said Thursday.

'Idol' producer eyeing Ross for U.S. work

LONDON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- "American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe says British TV personality Jonathan Ross should try to get a job in the United States.
'So You' contestant was wearing dance gear

'So You' contestant was wearing dance gear

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A woman some U.S. viewers said wasn't wearing underwear at a "So You Think You Can Dance" audition was, in fact, wearing dance gear, Fox said.
Lythgoe didn't think Goodspeed dangerous

Lythgoe didn't think Goodspeed dangerous

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Former "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says he wouldn't have let Paula Goodspeed audition if he thought she was a danger to herself or others.
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American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe and companion arrive for the premiere of the new musical "Jersey Boys" at The Palozzo casino in Las Vegas on May 3, 2008. The play is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. (UPI Photo/Daniel Gluskoter)
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Nigel Lythgoe (born 9 July 1949) 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.

Born in Wirral, England to dockworker, George Percival Lythgoe and mother Gertrude Emily Lythgoe, he became interested in dance at the age of 10. He began with tap and then went on to become a student at the Hylton-Bromley School of Dance and Drama on 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 went on to train in London under Joanne Steuer and Molly Molloy. Beginning in 1969, Lythgoe performed with the BBC's "Young Generation" dance troupe. He later became their choreographer in 1971 and has choreographed over 500 television shows.

Early in Lythgoe's career, he learned to use techniques (e.g. multi-cameras) to film choreography well, a skill that would later 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."

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