Nigel Lythgoe tells critics “you’re really SICK” after he pimps a 15-year-old Idol contestant

Nigel Lythgoe’s return as executive producer of American Idol 10 means more than just what he brings to the show behind the scenes, because his lack of a filter and ancient attitudes (like he’s demonstrated on So You Think You Can Dance) can often be more interesting and/or entertaining than the actual show.

He demonstrated that this week during auditions for American Idol. MJ has links to his succession of tweets which started with Nigel’s praise for a 15-year-old contestant (“a really gifted 15 year old that may well win #AmericanIdol this Season”).

That prompted fans to reply on Twitter with comments about him pimping a contestant and even rigging the show, and their reaction led Nigel to write: “Wow people talking about pimping and rigging because I liked a 15 year old. I didn’t mention male or female or name them. You’re really SICK.”

MJ points out that, late yesterday, “Nigel attempted to make nice with the fans he pissed off” by praising a 28-year-old, after earlier insisting we shouldn’t judge the younger contestants the show is now allowing to audition.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.