Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Nigel Lythgoe: ‘I’m The Original Nasty Judge’

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Simon Cowell is known for his sharp tongue, but American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe says he’s harsher than Cowell.

Lythgoe – who is a panel judge on his other show, So You Think You Can Dance? – says being the tough judge on Dance “comes naturally” to him, and he doesn’t need advice from Cowell on how to be harsh to contestants.

Says Lythgoe: “I’ve been brutally honest my entire life and I don’t see why I shouldn’t be that way with contestants. I’m the original nasty judge.”

Even if he needed pointers on judging Dance, Lythgoe insists he would never go to Cowell since in his words, “Simon knows nothing about dancing anyway.”

Still, Lythgoe isn’t opposed to learning how to cash in on his nasty critiques from Cowell and jokes, “Now if I could just figure out how to make money off my judging like Simon, I’d be in business!”

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