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Nigel Lythgoe: The Dancing Has Grown Every Season

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The new season of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ begins Wednesday night, may 28. And as always, auditions were held over the country including these in Los Angeles.

Fun facts about Nigel Lythgoe: (Source: Wikipedia)
1) He is an English television and film director and producer, television dance competition judge, former dancer in the Young Generation and choreographer. He is noted for being the producer of the shows Pop Idol and American Idol and creator and executive producer of, and a regular judge on So You Think You Can Dance. He also created the 2009 competition Superstars of Dance.

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

3) After working his way through the television industry, including at TVS, by 1995, Lythgoe held the post of Head of Entertainment and Comedy at London Weekend Television, where he commissioned and produced shows including Gladiators and Blind Date.

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ season premiere is Wednesday night, May 28 at 8:00pm on FOX.

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