Nigel Lythgoe is known to be an English producer and the executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance.
Nigel Lythgoe is known to be a popular English television and film director and producer, he is also a television dance competition judge and a former dancer in the Young Generation and a choreographer.
Lythgoe served as the producer of the shows Pop Idol and American Idol. Similarly, he currently serves as creator and executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance, on which Nigel served as a permanent judge for the first sixteen seasons.
Lythgoe also completed the 2009 competition Superstars of Dance. Not to mention, Nigel’s first professional job was in the corps de ballet for the English National Ballet tour of The Merry Widow.
Why Is Nigel Lythgoe Leaving SYTYCD
Season 17 of So You Think You Can Dance is about to start and many are preparing for the return but netizens are asking if it will do so without co-creator Nigel Lythgoe at the judges’ dais.
Nigel alleged that he had not been invited to fill that role for the show’s recently declared 17th cycle in a tweet on Friday.
Ahead of the show’s 17th season, the 72-year-old TV personality Nigel announced his departure from the FOX hit on Twitter Friday.
Fox did not instantly reply to TVLine’s request for comment. Despite other dance pros, including ballroom specialist Mary Murphy, choreographer Mia Michaels and industry vet Paula Abdul being present at the judges’ table for multiple seasons, Lythgoe is the only person to judge every season SYTYCD.
When Season 17 was announced earlier this week, it was unclear if familiar faces from previous seasons would be back as judges, nor if longtime host Cat Deeley approved of returning as emcee.
Nigel Lythgoe is one of the most renowned television personalities, whose age is 72 years this year. Similarly, he was born on n 9 July 1949 in Wallasey, Wirral, to dockworkers George Percival Lythgoe and Gertrude Emily Lythgoe.
According to his Wikipeda, Lythgoe always had a keen interest in dance from the young age of 10. Further, he began his career.
He began tap dancing and visited the Hylton-Bromley School of Dance and Drama and the Perry Cowell School of Dance, both in Wallasey.
Lythgoe studied classical ballet, ballroom, modern jazz, character, classical Greek and National dance from different countries.
Furthermore, in 1969, Lythgoe performed with the BBC’s The Young Generation dance troupe, where he became their choreographer in 1971 and has since choreographed over 500 television shows.
Nigel Lythgoe was married to his wife Bonita Shawe in 1974. Further, Bonita and Nigel met while he was a choreographer for the BBC’s Young Generation dance troupe.
Nigel and his wife has two sons, Simon and Kristopher and five grandchildren named Kyan, Tighe, Dominie, George, and Leonardo.