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Nigel Lythgoe Addresses Adam Levine’s American Idol Rant

August 18, 2011 12:00 PM by Lisa Princ

We recently heard Adam Levine rant about Fox‘s American Idol and their alleged embarrassment of gay contestants. Now, Nigel Lythgoe bites back as he addressed the comments made by Adam. What did Nigel have to say? Read on to find out!

American Idol, according to The Voice’s Adam Levine, makes contestants “mask” the fact that they are gay, but Nigel Lythgoe denied that in a recent interview, wondering if contestants should just shout it out. Nigel recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly and he responded to Levine’s comments by saying: “To be frank, I didn’t understand why we’re talking about contestants being gay or not gay. I don’t go into my dentist and say, ‘Are you gay?’ I don’t say to contestants on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ ‘Are you gay?’ What does it got to do with me? What does it got to do with anybody? When does privacy stop in this country? If somebody wants to say they’re gay, it’s up to them. You don’t expect us to turn around and say, ‘Are you gay?’ Why would we do that?”

Nigel Lythgoe went on to add that while it may matter to Adam Levine whether or not a contestant is gay, it makes no difference to him – his only concern is the contestant’s talent. While Nigel Lythgoe did not specify whether or not American Idol has any policy on contestant’s revealing their sexuality, he went on to speak about Adam Lambert, who is gay, but never mentioned it while on Idol. Nigel told EW: “He must have come out before being on ‘Idol,’ he just didn’t talk about it on ‘Idol.’ And why should he? Is every actor going on television going to say, ‘I’m only playing the part of a straight man, I’m really gay’? There’s no reason that I would see why anybody that goes on television should start coming out with who they are, what they are, what their sexuality is, who they’re going to vote for or what their religion is.”

Okay Mr. Lythgoe, we understand! Sound off now – do you think it matters whether or not a contestant on any competition reveals their sexuality? It certainly doesn’t to us, we are going to vote for talent whether a contestant is gay or straight.

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4 Responses to “Nigel Lythgoe Addresses Adam Levine’s American Idol Rant”

  1. Judy Says:
    August 19th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I don’t really care what Nigel says. A certain portion of the American public did not vote for Adam because he is gay. He should have won.
    I like the way The Voice’s contestants were able to “be themselves”. Levine knows what he is talking about because his brother is gay.

  2. Mary Says:
    August 19th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Adam didn’t win Idol because too many Americans still “gay hate”.
    Guess they don’t like eye liner and nail polish.
    I liked The Voice because contestants were able to be honest and open. Levine has a gay brother by the way.

  3. Carrie Says:
    November 14th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Okay, didhe not pay attention to what Adam Levine said? What his complaint is, and was backed by Adam Lambert, is that Idol tells them to not talk about being gay and we all know it was rigged which is why Adam Lambert nor Clay Aiken, both who deserved to win, did not win because they are gay! Do i care if they’re gay, not in the slightest! I have their CD’s, I’ve seen Clay in concert twice and he is awesome! And I praise Adam Levine for standing up for the Gay Community! Nigel, you’re a schmuck! Learn to read you idiot!

  4. Reno Says:
    December 27th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    That’s the best answer by far! Thanks for conrtbitunig.


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