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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

"Uncle Nigel" Lythgoe Says He's Sanjaya-ed

Sanjaya Malakar praised by Nigel Lythgoe for his 'no guts, no glory' performance of last week. In this interview granted to the Calgary Sun, Nigel Lythgoe commends Sanjaya Malakar on last week and enjoyed the Saturday Night Live parody handed the boy. When asked if he, Lythgoe, has a thick enough skin to find the parody funny, he responds with, “I don’t need the thick skin, Sanjaya needs the thick skin,” Lythgoe said.

“I’m old school, so any time my shows are talked about, I’m really happy. Saturday Night Live often has had potshots at us. And we’ve always enjoyed it. I don’t mind. Part of our humour here is making fun of ourselves, so it really doesn’t worry me if anyone else makes fun of it.”

(Ratings boost to come, I'm sure he's thinking.) Ratings for the show this season are down about ten per cent and the numbers of votes being cast weekly a reflection of this decrease.

Ever the realist, Lythgoe also reminds readers that, “It’s a really good talent show that appeals to families. It’s important as a sort of social glue. But is it the most important show? No, of course not. Let’s not lose perspective on what this is. It’s phenomenal in its own area. Outside of that, it doesn’t really mean anything in real life.”

You know, I think personally, I'd like this guy. He also sees marketability and commercial appeal that Sanjaya naturally possesses, the potential in place for his (Sanjaya's) long term viability in this field. He commended the way the boy worked the crowd last week in the Idol audience.

The only albums Mr. Lythgoe has listened to so far of all the winners are Kelly Clarkson's and Carrie Underwood's.

We will be seeing Taylor Hicks on the show this season, Mr. Lythgoe said Hicks will be making an appearance later in the year.

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