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So You Think You Can Dance – Is Nigel Lythgoe the Next Simon Cowell?

July 20, 2005 10:20 PM by Joe Blackmon

Eugene_gaskinIn the premiere of So You Think You Can Dance, Nigel Lythgoe proves that Simon Cowell isn’t the only Brit with a sharp tongue.  In addition to his usual producer role, Nigel Lythgoe takes on judging duties for Fox’s new dance competition.  Nigel sets the tone early by telling lifeguard and dance contestant Jason Maschi, “If you lifesave like you dance, then there are going to be a lot of people drowning in the Atlantic Ocean.”

Nigel then follows it up by telling dance contestant Candice Latham, “You spin very well, but so does my wife’s tumble dryer.”  Perhaps, Nigel’s best zinger comes after a rather heavy contestant named Eugene Gaskin Jr. says he has a dancer deep inside him, and Nigel asks, “How many dancers are deep inside?”  (Eugene handles the rejection with such grace and dignity though, he could very well become the William Hung of So You Think You Can Dance?) 

Another memorable confrontation comes when Nigel tells Anthony Bryant that he is not making it through even though he is one of the better dancers because he needs “boy dancers to be strong and masculine.”  A shocked Anthony later complains that “no ones ever told me that I look feminine when I dance with a ribbon.”

Just like with American Idol, the early focus seems to be more on the bad dancers than the good dancers.  However, there are a couple dancers that impress the judges and make it through to Hollywood.  Some of the the names of the dancers who made it through from New York  and Chicago are Cheryl Texiera, Erin Pettigrev, Kamilah Barrett, Ashley Dawson, Melissa Vella, Brandon Jones, Maricza Valentin, Ashley Purl, Andrea Savelli, Nicholas Gates, and Lisa Deschaaf. 

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14 Responses to “So You Think You Can Dance – Is Nigel Lythgoe the Next Simon Cowell?”

  1. Anonymous Says:
    July 27th, 2005 at 6:37 pm

    Nigel Lythgoe was completely out of line when he told that guy from Julliard (Anthony Bryant)that he “wasn’t masculine enough” when he danced, at the same time that he told him his technical ability was the best they had seen all day. If the judges had already decided by the time of the infamous ribbon dance not to let Anthony go on to Hollywood, then why did they keep him around all day after that for the partners dance and the choreographed numbers? Why build up his hopes, only to humiliate him at the end of the day–on national TV, no less? That hit rock bottom, not a shred of class. And then he had to go back to the room where the other dancers are waiting, and he has to tell them the same verdict on his masculinity, which incidentally in my opinion was a verdict rendered by an individual who didn’t strike me as anything remotely approaching a macho icon himself. A simple, “No, thank you” would have been adequate rather than this uncalled for scolding. I think Mr. Bryant has grounds for a law suit. I think Fox-TV owes him a public apology, and Mr. Lythgoe should be the one to convey it. Immediately.

  2. Paul Greenhall Says:
    August 26th, 2005 at 3:45 pm

    From my perspective, the judges and choreographers are tops: absolutely fair, passionate and insightfull. The young dancers each measure up to their critques and try even harder during the following rounds. “So you think You Can Dance” is a show that will bring you to tears, make you want to dance!! Kudos to Nigel and crew!!

  3. cynlinc Says:
    September 15th, 2005 at 12:20 pm

    Nigel and the other judges are right on. If the studio and tv audience has not been involved in the technical teachings of dance, they have no other way of judging except by the entertainment value of each contestant. AND Sure each one can be entertaining otherwise they wouldn’t have been picked in the beginning. The panel of judges has to judge harder each week on talent, technique and entertainment; and they are also judging on attitudes, hardwork, etc. There is so much behind the scenes that isn’t aired on tv, or seen from an audience that these judges/choreographers are seeing.
    My point is don’t critize unless you know all the information – technique and all first hand, these people are professionals and conduct themselves as professionals and deserve respect.

  4. Anonymous Says:
    February 1st, 2006 at 6:19 pm

    I think Andrea Savelli is a fat slut

  5. Anonymous Says:
    February 1st, 2006 at 6:19 pm

    I think Andrea Savelli is a fat slut

  6. Keira Says:
    June 9th, 2006 at 3:01 pm

    HI, CAN SOMEONE PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME WITH GETTING INTO CONTACT WITH SOMEONE FROM THE SHOW. DOES ANYONE HAVE IDEAS? I WANT TO TELL THEM TO TRY AUDITIONS IN CANADA NEXT YEAR B/C THEY WOULD BE AMAZED WITH OUR TALENT HERE!! ITS AS GOOD, IF NOT BETTER THEN WHAT I WATCH ON TV EVERY WEEK. OUR CANADIAN IDOL DOES NOT EVEN COME CLOSE TO AMERICAN IDOL BUT OUR DANCERS ARE AWESOME!!

  7. carrie tunstill Says:
    August 22nd, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    please tell me who won

  8. carrie tunstill Says:
    August 22nd, 2006 at 8:49 pm

    so you thank you can dance who was the winner?

  9. me Says:
    November 27th, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    umm…Andrea Savelli is not fat and she’s not a slut…whoever said that is an idiot.

  10. me Says:
    November 27th, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    umm…Andrea Savelli is not fat and she’s not a slut…whoever said that is an idiot.

  11. kristen Says:
    November 27th, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    Andrea Savelli is awesome

  12. Peter Vitale Says:
    August 26th, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Peter Vitale
    4711 Boulder Highway, Space K8
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89121

    August 26, 2007

    Nigel Lythgoe

    Dear Mr Lythgoe

    Even thought it is late in the game and after the fact, you had no business saying that you would like to see a female win the competition this year before the finale. No right at all. You planted the seed in peoples heads that may have been undecided who to vote for, Danny or Sabra. Those who felt they were both great, may have voted for Sabra as great a dancer as she is, because she is female. And a male won the last two seasons. In addition the judges put a cloud over Danny about his attitude. You constantly brought that up. Melody, could have won the first season, Allison should have been in the finals the last season. You guys touted her as “the front runner” and could have won. But if there ever was a season where a male should have won it was this year. Danny was far and away the best dancer, well deserving and may have lost because of your comment. Think about that.

    Also, I disagree with having a two hour finale and announcing the winner the last minute and say “Goodbye, see you next year.” Why not leave some time to talk to the winner and the runner up. You guys blew it this season…..bad!

    Thank you,
    Peter Vitale,
    Las Vegas, Nevada

  13. dancebabe Says:
    September 2nd, 2007 at 11:46 am

    i know andrea savelli so dont call her fat because she isnt. and shes an amazing dancer. HAH!

  14. Anonymous Says:
    November 26th, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    my sister is not a slut!!!

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