Nigel Lythgoe: “I Don’t Class ‘X Factor’ As a Talent Show”

The endlessly entertaining Nigel Lythgoe is popping off about Simon Cowell again!

Nigel tells the Radio Times:

“You have to choose contestants with talent – unless they have an incredible story to tell. I don’t class The X Factor as a talent show. Look at Jedward and Wagner. They’re on because we love the fun and the circus of it.

“Simon knows what he’s doing – it certainly gives the press something to feed off. But it destroys the integrity of the show.”

“In a way, I’m delighted Simon’s left American Idol. He’s given us the opportunity to refurbish it, ” he said. “Everyone said that it would be the end. And what’s happened? The ratings are equal to last year’s, we got 30 million votes the other evening, and if we lost 50% of our audience we would still be the number one show.”

Oooh. BURN. Your turn Simon…

Nigel will be commuting to the UK on weekends as the second season of So You Think You Can Dance begins there this weekend.

(Source: Digital Spy)

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