The head of entertainment and comedy at London Weekend Television, he was never meant to be on the Popstars panel in the first place.
But the first choice, pop mogul Jonathan King, was about to begin a three-and-a-half year prison sentence for sexual offences against minors. And no, he doesn't in the least mind the fact that he became known as Nasty Nigel. Much more fun to be a baddie.' Certainly he relished his put-downs.
At 60, he's tall and slim with a set of pearly white teeth and a head of blond curls.
On 4 August 2008, Lythgoe confirmed that he was leaving American Idol and decided to move on with So You Think You Can Dance.to dockworker George Percival Lythgoe and Gertrude Emily Lythgoe, he became interested in dance at the age of 10.He began tap dancing, and went on to study at the Hylton-Bromley School of Dance and Drama and the Perry Cowell School of Dance, both in Wallasey, Merseyside where he studied classical ballet, modern jazz, ballroom, character, classical Greek and National dance from various countries.Lythgoe's first professional job was in the Corps de Ballet for the National tour of "The Merry Widow." He trained in London under Joanne Steuer and Molly Molloy.During the 1970s and into the 1980s, Lythgoe had the opportunity to perform with dancers from Cyd Charisse to Gene Kelly. It's all worth it for those two alone.' So what happened to the man once dubbed 'Nasty Nigel'?