SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

NIGEL LYTHGOE

Executive Producer

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Three-time Emmy Award winner Nigel Lythgoe has been a pioneer in reality television and a driving force in the world of performing arts as the creator, executive producer and judge on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, which has won 16 Emmy Awards and received 64 nominations; and as the executive producer of the TV juggernaut “American Idol,” which has been nominated 67 times and won eight Emmy Awards.

Lythgoe spearheaded and produced “Idol Gives Back,” which raised more than $170 million for an array of worthy causes. In 2007, the series was distinguished with the prestigious Governors Award, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ highest honor. Lythgoe was recognized with the International Emmy Founders Award, honoring him for his indelible imprint on the TV industry and a body of work that crosses cultural boundaries and speaks to our common humanity.

Beyond his powerful impact on entertainment, Lythgoe has dedicated himself to providing access to the performing arts for underserved youth and communities. In 2009, Lythgoe co-founded the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to support, improve and increase access to dance education in underprivileged communities throughout the U.S.

Lythgoe was elected Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles in 2010. In 2014, he was awarded the Ellis Island International Medal of Honor. He was named on Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honors List in 2015 and awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his work in Education, Charity and the Arts. In 2021, Lythgoe was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Lythgoe was born in St. Helen’s, Lancashire, England. He and his family moved to Liverpool, where he began tap dancing at 11 years of age. As a choreographer, he has choreographed more than 500 TV shows, with everyone from Ben Vereen to the Muppets.

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Three-time Emmy Award winner Nigel Lythgoe has been a pioneer in reality television and a driving force in the world of performing arts as the creator, executive producer and judge on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, which has won 16 Emmy Awards and received 64 nominations; and as the executive producer of the TV juggernaut “American Idol,” which has been nominated 67 times and won eight Emmy Awards.

Lythgoe spearheaded and produced “Idol Gives Back,” which raised more than $170 million for an array of worthy causes. In 2007, the series was distinguished with the prestigious Governors Award, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ highest honor. Lythgoe was recognized with the International Emmy Founders Award, honoring him for his indelible imprint on the TV industry and a body of work that crosses cultural boundaries and speaks to our common humanity.

Beyond his powerful impact on entertainment, Lythgoe has dedicated himself to providing access to the performing arts for underserved youth and communities. In 2009, Lythgoe co-founded the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to support, improve and increase access to dance education in underprivileged communities throughout the U.S.

Lythgoe was elected Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles in 2010. In 2014, he was awarded the Ellis Island International Medal of Honor. He was named on Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honors List in 2015 and awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his work in Education, Charity and the Arts. In 2021, Lythgoe was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Lythgoe was born in St. Helen’s, Lancashire, England. He and his family moved to Liverpool, where he began tap dancing at 11 years of age. As a choreographer, he has choreographed more than 500 TV shows, with everyone from Ben Vereen to the Muppets.