Nigel Lythgoe On Simon Cowell's Sing-Off Idea: 'It Doesn't Work'

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Nigel Lythgoe On Simon Cowell\'s Sing-Off Idea: \'It Doesn\'t Work\'
Not too long ago, Nigel Lythgoe had a 'Booya' moment with Simon Cowell. When ‘X-Factor’ honcho Simon suggested a winner’s sing-off between the winner of his show and the winners of ‘The Voice’ and ‘Idol,’ Nigel responded:

“The problem is the 'Idol' winner will be a star by then.”

Nigel opened up a bit more about the idea at the ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Season 9 Los Angeles auditions. Lythgoe told Hollyscoop:

“Funny that Simon said that, because it was Simon when we did ‘World Idol’ that brought all of the Idols together that said it was wrong.”

Nigel continued that, at the time, Simon argued, “What we were doing was creating a bunch of losers out of winners. Especially when Kelly Clarkson lost out to a Norwegian plumber.”

Nigel further explained his own perspective on the matter:

“I don't think that it's a particularly good idea…I doubt very much if NBC and Fox would agree to it anyway, but what I said and I tweeted back was that our winner...would be a star... Why would he therefore, want to go into a competition? In practice, it doesn't work.”

Nigel’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ is currently auditioning for talent, and the show will return in its ninth season this summer. Judge Mary Murphy told Hollyscoop that the competition would be stiff.

“It's already looking really good here, where we sent dancers straight through to Vegas. I think we sent the first dancer straight though today, which that usually doesn't happen.”

Hollyscoop talked to Nigel about the dip in ratings that contestant-driven shows have taken this year. When we asked if he has anything planned to prolong the life of the talent show, Nigel told us:

“I would love to think of something that could do that, that would still keep the integrity of ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ At the end of the day, with this show, I really want to keep the integrity of ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ We're not so much jumping the chart as tap dancing across the top of the water."

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