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Nigel Lythgoe Always Knew He Wanted To Dance

Nigel Lythogoe also known as Nasty Nigel from Fox/TV's popular program - So You Think You Can Dance - told talk show hostess Bonnie Hunt, in a recent appearance, that he always knew, from an early age, that he wanted to be a dancer.

(Image of Nigel Lythogoe courtesy of Fox/TV - So You Think You Can Dance - All Rights Reserved)

Nigel, famous for his surfer blonde layered haircut told Bonnie he knew he wanted to dance professionally from about "the age of ten or eleven."

Father Not Supportive Of His Dancing Dreams

Of course as Nigel explained it to Bonnie, his father was not thrilled with his dancing dreams.  Why?  Nigel said "he was a Liverpool (England) docker, a blue collar worker.  And I guess when I started dancing, he (his dad) again tried the boxing."

His dad obviously didn't want Nigel to be a dancer, but do more manly things like boxing or sports.

Unfortunately Nigel reported he was "terrible" at boxing.  In fact, he had "his nose broken three times" and his mom came to his rescue.  She told Nigel's dad to just let him dance.

(Image of Nigel Lythogoe and other judges on So You Think You Can Dance - courtesy of Fox/TV - So You Think You Can Dance - All Rights Reserved)

Bonnie showed a clip of Nigel dancing approximately forty years ago and Nigel said "what the kids do today is much more difficult" than the style of dancing he did so many years ago.

When asked about being so nasty and going after the dancers on "So You Think You Can Dance" Bonnie asked Nigel if he ever got in trouble "off stage" for some of the things he says to the various contestants.

Nigel said the biggest problem with some of his judging commentary is "the cultural differences".  He admitted he will turn around and tell the audience to "shut up".

When he does tell someone to "shut up" it gets him in trouble because the show's producers tell him that he can't say "shut up."  Which of course surprises Nigel who said "why?  We always said shut up"  when he was growing up.

(Image of Nigel Lythogoe and other judges on So You Think You Can Dance - courtesy of Fox/TV - So You Think You Can Dance - All Rights Reserved)

Nigel said "you don't expect two countries (England & US) that speak the same language to have cultural differences like that (shut up example) but they do."

Paula Abdul On So You Think You Can Dance?

Bonnie asked Nigel about Paula Abdul and whether or not she will be joining "So You Think You Can Dance."  Nigel said Paula always tells him "yeah, I'm definitely coming on (the show) but then it doesn't seem to happen."  Nigel said Paula tells him "get your people to talk to my people" and Nigel said "but I don't have people."  He said he and Paula "try and connect" but so far it hasn't happened.  "It's difficult".

Working On The Liverpool Docks With His Dad

Nigel explained that he "wasn't built" for the docks and never worked there with his dad, who did for his whole life.  He explained "the big hook used on the docks which was stuck into the crates to pull them and heave them" but no, he never worked the docks." He noted his mom worked very hard to keep him off the docks and into dancing.

(Image of Nigel Lythogoe courtesy of Fox/TV - So You Think You Can Dance - All Rights Reserved)

Why Nigel Pushes The Contestants So Hard

When explaining why he pushed the contestant so hard on SYTUCD.  He said "I don't think without challenge there is change."  He said "we're constantly trying to get the best from them."

Nigel also discussed how the kids of today have "self entitlement" issues and that they all think "I can be a celebrity" and unfortunately "celebrity has taken the place of star."


He said "so many people don't know what they want to do.  They just want to be a celebrity."

(Image of Nigel Lythogoe with other judges and hostess of "So You Think You Can Dance" - courtesy of Fox/TV -  - All Rights Reserved)

He explained that many of the contestants tell him if they weren't competing on the show "they would be on the street corners selling drugs" or "avoiding bullets" or getting into other types of life destroying habits.

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