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'Idol' producer talks Emmy odds, 'X Factor,' openly gay contestants

Coming off a revived American Idol and another season of So You Think You Can Dance, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has two series and two hosts (Ryan Seacrest and Cat Deeley) nominated for Emmy Awards this year. Idol in particular hopes to break its streak of being nominated for outstanding competition series a record nine times straight without a win. Lythgoe spoke to EW about Emmy odds, how Simon Cowell’s The X Factor will perform, and tackled a rival’s claim that Idol “hides” openly gay contestants.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Idol has been the most popular show on TV for years, and has spawned many imitators, yet has never won the competition Emmy. Is that fair?
NIGEL LYTHGOE: I’m certainly at this point in time not going to moan about the Academy members. I can’t say it’s annoying, but you just hope you’re going to get it. I’m not one of those people who think it’s wonderful to be nominated again, I would like to win it. There’s no question about it.

Do you think Idol can break its streak this year?
I think it’s fair to say if Idol doesn’t win it this year I don’t really ever see it winning. We had such goodwill this year from everybody. The program itself was very strong. It isn’t just about ratings or we would have won it every year. There’s no question Amazing Race is a beautifully produced show. We’re totally different. We’re live the night we do it and make up an entirely new show the next night again. It’s really comparing apples and oranges. But if you look at the actual content from when we first hit air until we closed with our finale with Lady Gaga and Beyonce, it’s remarkable. If it were me, I’d take all that into account.

Obviously the revamp worked, the ratings didn’t miss a beat. Yet some said, “Oh, Idol judges were too nice.”  READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance' winner Melanie Moore on being 'out for blood,' taking on the world of ballroom, and what's next

Less than 24 hours after So You Think You Can Dance frontrunner Melanie Moore received 47 percent of the vote to be named America’s Favorite Dancer, she shared her feelings with EW. “I feel so blessed,” she says. Then in uncharacteristic fashion, the Georgia pixie admitted that she was confident going in to the finale because she was “out for blood.” So what else did Melanie have to say that will surprise you? What was her one complaint about the show, and where does she see herself after the tour (hint: there may be a watermelon coming her way!)? Read Melanie’s interview after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance': Travis Wall predicts the winner and tells us what's next

Travis Wall is sad to report that you will not see him in this week’s So You Think You Can Dance two-part finale.  The Emmy-nominated choreographer, and season 2 SYTYCD runner-up, tells EW, “I was supposed to do the finale, but I had to cancel because I got the movie.” Indeed, Wall is currently in Miami creating contemporary pieces for Step Up 4, starring season 6 contestant, and season 7 and 8 All Star, Kathryn McCormick. “It’s my first movie to choreograph,” he says. “I’m really excited.”

But back to SYTYCD: After getting his first shot on the judges’ panel this year, who does he think should take the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer” this season?  READ FULL STORY

'SYTYCD': Nigel Lythgoe on Lady Gaga, celeb judges, and why 'American Idol' should win an Emmy over 'SYTYCD' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Fans of So You Think You Can Dance know that exec producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe likes to talk, and his exclusive conversation with EW in his trailer before last night’s Top 6 performance show was no exception. The voluble Brit held forth on the controversial decision not to send anyone in the Top 20 home; how the guys continue to fall short of their female competition; why Lady Gaga is at least partially responsible for all the celeb guest judges this season; and why he favors American Idol and Ryan Seacrest over SYTYCD and Cat Deeley at this year’s Emmy Awards. “Having sat there for so many years,” he explains, “just flexing my muscles to get up every time I hear, ‘And the winner is Am…‘ but it’s always ‘Am…azing Race‘ — that is frustrating.” Check out the video below:  READ FULL STORY

'SYTYCD': Cat Deeley talks killer heels, busted fingers, and why Ryan Seacrest deserves an Emmy -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

After last night’s dance-packed episode of So You Think You Can Dance, one can understand why host Cat Deeley would want to kick back in her dressing room in a pair of cut-off jeans and her bare feet — especially after getting a look at the pair of four-inch heels she had to wear for the two-hour episode. In an exclusive backstage interview, Deeley also explained how Season 4 SYTYCD winner Joshua Allen caused her a “war wound”; demonstrated her unnerving Mary Murphy impression; and expounded on why she thinks fellow best Reality TV Host nominee Ryan Seacrest deserves to win an Emmy over her: “He has held together the biggest TV show on the planet.” Check out the video below:  READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance' alum Alex Wong on his latest injury: 'I really want to dance again.'

Last year, when So You Think You Can Dance season 7 contestant Alex Wong had to drop out of the competition due to a ruptured Achilles tendon on his right leg, that long wail you may have heard was SYTYCD fans everywhere expressing their grief over the loss of one of the show’s very best dancers ever. (There’s a reason he was known as “Alex Freaking Wong.”) Dance fiends at least took comfort in knowing that Alex would likely return this season to perform as an All Star. But then exec producer Nigel Lythgoe announced two weeks ago that Alex had ruptured his Achilles tendon on his left leg and would not be able to return, and all hope drained away from the world. Okay, not really, but it was such a shocking, unfortunate development, we phoned up Alex to see how he’s handling the injury, what the future holds for him, and why he kept on dancing after his Achilles had blown. 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So how are you doing?
ALEX WONG: [Chuckles] I’m good, as good as I could be with a ruptured Achilles, a second time in a row. [Laughs] READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance' host Cat Deeley talks first Emmy nomination -- and celebratory conga line?

“I know I should pretend to be a lot cooler than I am, but inside there’s a screaming teenage girl just dying to get out,” Cat Deeley tells EW. The feeling is mutual. The host of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance earned her first Emmy nomination after years of being snubbed (something fans – and EW – have been lamenting since the category was introduced in 2008). “‘Ohmygod, you’ve done it!’” she says her publicist told her on the phone this morning. “I’ve got a couple of friends staying with me at the moment, so everyone was there in pajamas with giant hair and slightly sleepy eyes but completely delighted and sharing in the glee of it all,” Deeley says. “It was a fun morning. Because I style myself for the show, I had to literally throw everything into a bag and then come to the show. It’s been very hectic, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else to celebrate it really.”

Having a show tonight — during which we’ll find out Season 8′s Top 10 dancers and their new all-star partners — does present one problem. READ FULL STORY

Megan Mullally will be guest judge on this week's 'So You Think You Can Dance'

megan-mullallyImage Credit: Kevin Parry/WireImageEmmy-winning actress Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) will be the guest judge on this week’s episodes of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (Wed. and Thurs. at 8 p.m. ET/PT), joining permanent judges Nigel Lythgoe (also the show’s exec producer) and Mary Murphy. A longtime fan of the dance competition show — this reporter saw her in the audience of the Season 2 finale — Mullally has also starred in three big Broadway musicals: Grease in 1994 with Rosie O’Donnell, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 1995 with Matthew Broderick, and Young Frankenstein in 2007 with Roger Bart.

Last year, So You Think You Can Dance featured three permanent judges (Lythgoe, choreographer Mia Michaels, and director Adam Shankman), but this season it is returning to its longstanding format of featuring two permanent judges with a rotating guest judge.

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'SYTYCD' host Cat Deeley on Mary Murphy's return: 'I'm just delighted the Hot Tamale Train is rolling back!'

Fox’s summer dance competition hit So You Think You Can Dance blessedly returned to the airwaves with a two-hour audition premiere last night, and EW recently caught up with Cat Deeley, the ever-excitable host of the show who was more than pumped to talk about the new season. Of course, one of the big topics in any discussion about season 8 naturally transforms into a lively discussion about the return of beloved judge Mary Murphy, who was absent last year. Deeley had much to say about the notoriously loud and boisterous judge.

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'SYTYCD': Mary Murphy on returning to the judges chair, and the cancer scare that almost took her voice

Prep those ear plugs: Mary Murphy is back as a permanent judge for Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance (premiering tonight on Fox at 8 p.m. ET), reuniting with exec producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe. The venerable dance-scapade will return to the old format of 20 finalists hoofing it together, and bring back the “All Star” partners once the contestants are cut down to a Top 10. “It’s kind of the best of both worlds,” Murphy tells EW. “Nigel’s a smart man.”

Just six months ago, however, there was a very good chance that no one would ever hear Murphy’s signature scream and constant, buoyant laughter again. The 53-year-old former ballroom dancing champion had a tumor removed from her throat in December during an operation that threatened to silence her vocal chords permanently. It’s a topic that remains at the forefront of Murphy’s mind. All it took was asking her about her absence from last season, and she happily talked through her entire, harrowing story. She also details what to expect from the auditions this season, and gives us an update on whether Season 7 standout Alex Wong is returning this year after an injury to his Achilles tendon forced him to withdraw from the competition. Check out the full Q&A below.  READ FULL STORY

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