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Nigel Lythgoe Bio: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Judge Nigel Lythgoe

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Nigel Lythgoe Bio: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Judge Nigel Lythgoe
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Nigel Lythgoe Bio Facts:

Name: Nigel Lythgoe
Date of Birth: July 9, 1949
Hometown: Wirral, England

Personal Life:

Nigel, who currently resides in Los Angeles, is married to his longtime love Bonnie Lythgoe. He is the father of two sons, Kristopher and Simon Lythgoe. Nigel reportedly has four grandchildren.

Dance Background:

Nigel studied dance tap, jazz, and European folk dance as a child. He later performed with the dance troupe BBC Young Generation in the UK. Nigel eventually became a sought-after choreographer, choreographing for top dancers including Ben Vereen.

Television Resume:

Current Reality TV Gig: Lead judge on So You Think You Can Dance

Past Judging Jobs: Was the judge known as "Nasty Nigel" on the UK's Popstars.

Hosting Credits: Hosted UK shows Pop Idol, Gladiators, and several Royal Variety Shows.

Producing Credits:

  • Serves as an executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance.
  • Executive-produced American Idol, Next Great American Band, American Juniors, All American Girl, An American Idol Christmas and World Idol.
Award Nominations:
  • Has been nominated for 30 Emmy Awards
  • Received the Governor's Award for Idol Gives Back.

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