Nigel Lythgoe Says ‘Idol’ “Stole” Ellen

by | September 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM | TV News

Nigel Lythgoe (FOX)

Nigel Lythgoe (FOX)

Ellen Degeneres is a wanted woman. Nigel Lythgoe, judge and executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance told Entertainment Weekly that he “loved” having the comedian on his show and he still hopes “she will still be able to come and help us out from time to time.”

In the interim, the British Executive Producer of SYTYCD said he may do an even swap. Idol “stole” Ellen, why not take ex-judge Paula Abdul?

“I’d prefer Paula. I think it’s a great idea to put her on,” he said.

Hurt feelings aside, he thinks Ellen will be a great fit for Idol. “Ellen will be that judge who comes at it from a fan perspective,” he said. “She loves music and she will be able to speak about what people will like and what would sound good on the radio.”

And there’s a bonus: “She’s funny. And I also think she is strong enough to keep Simon in his place, which I am always worried about.” Simon better watch out!