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Nigel Lythgoe

Producer | Writer | Director
KNOWN FOR 
American Idol (2002– ) | Gladiators (1992–2000) | So You Think You Can Dance (2005– )
AWARDS 
Nominated for 11 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 nominations More »
NICKNAME  
Nasty Nigel
BORN 
Jul 9, 1949 (age 65)

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Projects in Development (1 titles)YEARBUDGETSTATUS
Past Film & Video (3 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
Past Television (72 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for So You Think You Can DanceSo You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) Himself - Judge (216 episodes, 2005–2014), Executive Producer (165 episodes, 2005–2012), Writer (154 episodes, 2005–2012), Director (37 episodes, 2005–2010), Choreographer (1 episode, 2008)  Less 2005–2014 218
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  • Primary photo for American Idol: The Search for a SuperstarAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (TV Series) Executive Producer (264 episodes, 2002–2014), Director (5 episodes, 2008–2012), Himself (4 episodes, 2004–2012), Producer (2 episodes, 2006–2009), Segment Producer (1 episode, 2008), Co-Executive Producer (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2002–2014 271
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  • Primary photo for Hollywood TodayHollywood Today (TV Series) Actor (1 episode, 2014)  Less 2014 1
  • Primary photo for The Britannia AwardsThe Britannia Awards (TV Movie) Executive Producer  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for CMT's Next SuperstarCMT's Next Superstar (TV Series) Executive Producer (10 episodes, 2011)  Less 2011 10
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  • Primary photo for So You Think You Can DanceSo You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) Himself - Judge / Himself (14 episodes, 2010–2011), Writer (9 episodes, 2010–2011)  Less 2010–2011 14
    • Auditions 1 (Mar 26, 2011) Himself - Judge, Writer (Creator)  Less
    • The Final Results (Feb 13, 2010) Himself - Judge  Less
    • The Final (Feb 13, 2010) Himself - Judge  Less
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  • Primary photo for Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday SpecialCarrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special (TV Movie) Director, Executive Producer  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for Superstars of DanceSuperstars of Dance (TV Series) Executive Producer (5 episodes, 2009), Writer (5 episodes, 2009)  Less 2009 5
    • Episode #1.5 (Jan 26, 2009) Executive Producer, Writer  Less
    • Episode #1.4 (Jan 19, 2009) Executive Producer, Writer  Less
    • Episode #1.3 (Jan 12, 2009) Executive Producer, Writer  Less
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  • Primary photo for American Idol: Life on the RoadAmerican Idol: Life on the Road (TV Special) Executive Producer  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for American Idol: The PhenomenonAmerican Idol: The Phenomenon (TV Special) Self, Director, Executive Producer  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for An American Idol ChristmasAn American Idol Christmas (TV Movie) Co-Executive Producer  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for American Idols in Las VegasAmerican Idols in Las Vegas (TV Movie) Co-Executive Producer  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Pop IdolPop Idol (TV Series) Executive Producer (1 episode, 2001)  Less 2001 1
    • Auditions 1 (Oct 6, 2001) Executive Producer  Less
  • Primary photo for SurvivorSurvivor (TV Series) Series Producer (2 episodes, 2001), Director (1 episode, 2001)  Less 2001 2
  • Primary photo for PopstarsPopstars (TV Series) Himself - Judge (2 episodes, 2001), Executive Producer (1 episode, 2001)  Less 2001 2
    • Live Final (Mar 18, 2001) Himself - Judge, Executive Producer  Less
    • Episode #1.1 (Jan 10, 2001) Himself - Judge  Less
  • Primary photo for An Audience with Des O'ConnorAn Audience with Des O'Connor (TV Special) Executive Producer  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for The Way They Were: Coronation Street SpecialThe Way They Were: Coronation Street Special (TV Special) Executive Producer  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for GladiatorsGladiators (TV Series) Executive Producer (66 episodes, 1995–1999), Producer (42 episodes, 1992–1994), Director (9 episodes, 1992)  Less 1992–1999 108
    • Final (Dec 25, 1999) Executive Producer  Less
    • Heat 2 (Dec 18, 1999) Executive Producer  Less
    • Heat 1 (Dec 11, 1999) Executive Producer  Less
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  • Primary photo for The Thoughts of Chairman AlfThe Thoughts of Chairman Alf (TV Series) Executive Producer (6 episodes, 1998)  Less 1998 6
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  • Primary photo for Ice WarriorsIce Warriors (TV Series) Executive Producer (1 episode, 1998)  Less 1998 1
  • Primary photo for An Audience with Ronnie CorbettAn Audience with Ronnie Corbett (TV Movie) Executive Producer  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Another Audience with Freddie StarrAnother Audience with Freddie Starr (TV Movie) Executive Producer  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for An Audience with Elton JohnAn Audience with Elton John (TV Special) Executive Producer  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for The Big Big Talent ShowThe Big Big Talent Show (TV Series) Producer (7 episodes, 1997)  Less 1997 7
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  • Primary photo for An Audience with Alf GarnettAn Audience with Alf Garnett (TV Movie) Executive Producer  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for An Audience with Bruce ForsythAn Audience with Bruce Forsyth (TV Movie) Executive Producer  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Gladiators: The AshesGladiators: The Ashes (TV Series) Executive Producer (4 episodes, 1996–1997)  Less 1996–1997 4
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  • Primary photo for You Bet!You Bet! (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 1988–1997
  • Primary photo for The Joe Pasquale ShowThe Joe Pasquale Show (TV Movie) Executive Producer  Less 1996
  • Primary photo for Happy Birthday ShirleyHappy Birthday Shirley (TV Movie) Director  Less 1996
  • Primary photo for An Audience with Shirley BasseyAn Audience with Shirley Bassey (TV Special) Director  Less 1995
  • Primary photo for The Brian Conley ShowThe Brian Conley Show (TV Series) Producer (1 episode, 1994), Director  Less 1994 1
  • Primary photo for Bob's Your UncleBob's Your Uncle (TV Series) Producer (4 episodes, 1991–1992), Director (3 episodes, 1991–1992)  Less 1991–1992 4
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  • Primary photo for The Joe Longthorne ShowThe Joe Longthorne Show (TV Series) Producer (15 episodes, 1988–1991), Director (14 episodes, 1988–1991)  Less 1988–1991 15
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  • Primary photo for Children's Royal Variety PerformanceChildren's Royal Variety Performance (TV Movie) Director  Less 1991
  • Primary photo for The Prince's Trust Rock GalaThe Prince's Trust Rock Gala (TV Movie) Director  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for Sketch PadSketch Pad (TV Series) Producer (4 episodes, 1989), Director (4 episodes, 1989)  Less 1989 4
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  • Primary photo for Bobby Davro's TV WeeklyBobby Davro's TV Weekly (TV Series) Producer (1 episode, 1988), Director (1 episode, 1988)  Less 1988 1
  • Primary photo for Beadle's AboutBeadle's About (TV Series) Executive Producer (1 episode, 1986)  Less 1986 1
  • Primary photo for 3-2-13-2-1 (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1985–1986), Choreographer (1 episode, 1986)  Less 1985–1986 2
  • Primary photo for Melodien für MillionenMelodien für Millionen (TV Series) Choreographer (1 episode, 1985), Ballett (1 episode, 1985)  Less 1985 1
    • Episode #1.3 (Jul 7, 1985) Ballett, Choreographer  Less
  • Primary photo for Mates and MusicMates and Music (TV Series) Producer (1 episode, 1984)  Less 1984 1
  • Primary photo for The Morecambe & Wise ShowThe Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series) Choreographer (3 episodes, 1980–1981)  Less 1980–1981 3
  • Primary photo for Bud 'n' ChesBud 'n' Ches (TV Movie) Associate Producer  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for The Muppet ShowThe Muppet Show (TV Series) Choreographer (1 episode, 1980)  Less 1980 1
  • Primary photo for The Ken Dodd Laughter ShowThe Ken Dodd Laughter Show (TV Series) Choreographer (6 episodes, 1979)  Less 1979 6
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  • Primary photo for PaulPaul (TV Series) Dancer  Less 1978–1979
  • Primary photo for London Night OutLondon Night Out (TV Series) Choreography (8 episodes, 1978)  Less 1978 8
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  • Primary photo for Mike Yarwood in PersonsMike Yarwood in Persons (TV Series) Choreography (1 episode, 1978)  Less 1978 1
  • Primary photo for The Jack Jones ShowThe Jack Jones Show (TV Series) Choreographer  Less 1973–1978
  • Primary photo for The Shirley Bassey ShowThe Shirley Bassey Show (TV Series) Choreography (6 episodes, 1976)  Less 1976 6
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  • Primary photo for Bill Dainty, Esq.Bill Dainty, Esq. (TV Series) Choreography (6 episodes, 1976)  Less 1976 6
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  • Primary photo for The Two RonniesThe Two Ronnies (TV Series) Special Staging (1 episode, 1975)  Less 1975 1
  • Primary photo for World of LaughterWorld of Laughter (TV Series) Choreography (2 episodes, 1974)  Less 1974 2
  • Primary photo for It's Cliff RichardIt's Cliff Richard (TV Series) Choreography (1 episode, 1974)  Less 1974 1
  • Primary photo for Frost's WeeklyFrost's Weekly (TV Series) Choreographer (1 episode, 1973)  Less 1973 1
  • Primary photo for It's LuluIt's Lulu (TV Series) Choreography (10 episodes, 1973), Himself (1 episode, 1970)  Less 1970–1973 11
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  • Primary photo for The Harry Secombe ShowThe Harry Secombe Show (TV Series) Choreography (1 episode, 1973)  Less 1973 1
  • Primary photo for A Christmas Night with the StarsA Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series) Choreographer (1 episode, 1972)  Less 1972 1
  • Primary photo for In Kgantse & Kenny's ParadiseIn Kgantse & Kenny's Paradise (TV Series) Associate Producer  Less 2014– 
  • Primary photo for A Chance to DanceA Chance to Dance (TV Series) Executive Producer, Writer  Less 2012– 
  • Primary photo for Opening ActOpening Act (TV Series) Executive Producer, Himself - Judge  Less 2012– 
  • Primary photo for DanceDance (TV Series) Writer (Originally Developed For Television By)  Less 2010– 
  • Primary photo for The Next Great American BandThe Next Great American Band (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2007– 
  • Primary photo for American JuniorsAmerican Juniors (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2003– 
  • Primary photo for All American GirlAll American Girl (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2003– 
  • Primary photo for PopstarsPopstars (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2000– 
  • Primary photo for AXN Action TVAXN Action TV (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2000– 
  • Primary photo for Animals Do the Funniest ThingsAnimals Do the Funniest Things (TV Series) Producer, Director  Less 1999– 
  • Primary photo for Don't Try This at Home!Don't Try This at Home! (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 1998– 
  • Primary photo for Secret FortuneSecret Fortune (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2011– 
  • Primary photo for Dame Edna Kisses It BetterDame Edna Kisses It Better (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 1997– 
Self (46 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
Archive Footage (3 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for TV's Nastiest VillainsTV's Nastiest Villains (TV Movie) Himself (archive footage)  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for The Big Fat Quiz of the 00sThe Big Fat Quiz of the 00s (TV Movie) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for Chelsea LatelyChelsea Lately (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2012)  Less 2012
    • Episode #6.99 (Jul 9, 2012) Himself (archive footage)  Less

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