Nigel Lythgoe was interviewed by Ryan Seacrest on his KISS radio show in LA this morning.
From the Learn Something New Every Day department:
Ryan initially auditioned for American Idol, in front of Nigel…to be one of the judges!
But, when Nigel discovered Ryan had some impressive hosting skills, he was hired to work as host alongside Brian Dunkleman, who was hired first.
Nigel says he loves the new Idol tweaks. Nigel, who has his So You Think You Can Dance contestants “dance for their lives” in front of the judges, must be flattered that Ken Warwick “borrowed” the idea for tonight’s chair episode.
Nigel, who is in town for the LA auditions for the 5th season of SYTYCD, also weighs in on the Rihanna/Chris Brown situation. They’re both going to need a lot of help, he concludes.