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.

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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, 37, 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.