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'So You Think You Can Dance' executive producer Nigel Lythgoe vs. the fans

Katie-holmes-1-b So you think you can opine?

Not if you don't want to hear from "So You Think You Can Dance" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, who took to Twitter last night and today to bash viewers who weren't so taken with Katie Holmes' tribute to Judy Garland in last night's show.

It was the Fox reality show's 100th episode and Holmes performed to raise money for the newly established Dizzy Feet Foundation, which she, Lythgoe, director Adam Shankman and "Dancing With the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba created this year to offer children access to dance education.

Were her motives positive and well-intended? Of course. None of the show's fans are questioning that.  But when fans went on Twitter to express their disappointment with a lip-synched song-and-dance routine that was more about posing than actual movement, Lythgoe took exception, even threatening to ban those Tweet followers that dared to express an opinion.

"I'm going to ban all the Katie haters. You make me sick. Your attitude stops 'stars' doing charity work. Understand why she did it CHILDREN," Lythgoe wrote on his @dizzyfeet account.

The sparks flew (and are still flying) across the  Twitterverse, with fans firing back:

"Don't hate on the VIEWERS who watch the show," wrote @brandonlk. "We r entitled to our opinion of every dancer on the show. Dont be rude."

"nigel needs to untwist his panties already," replied @RAQU3L.

One thing that Lythgoe seems to be forgetting is that though it may be easy to ban Twitter followers -- click unfollow and you're done -- it's just as easy for the record 8.4 million viewers who tuned in to "So You Think You Can Dance" last night, a 17% increase from the previous week, to change the channel.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez

Photo: Fox

Comments () | Archives (4)

So stop bitching and change the channel! But you won't, will you?....

Her performance on the show as overhyped, and she didn't live up to expectations. For Nigel to take to naming calling fellow SYTYCD supporters/tweeters "children" & "ignorant" was uncalled for. I wonder what names he resorted to calling the contributors of the US Magazine story (http://www.usmagazine.com/news/critics-mixed-on-katie-holmes-sytycd-performance-2009247?utm_source=newsletterutm_medium=emailutm_campaign=daily).

In one of his tweets, he referred to her as being a "charity worker". Actually, she is a performer first-- it is what she is mainly known for-- well beside marrying cooky. And, as of current, a performer on BROADWAY, where the ability to sing AND dance, not only at the same time, but LIVE is expected. For all we know her performance could've been pure studio editing, & she actually sounds horrible (ala Britney Spears).

I'm also still failing to see how her being on the show is helping the charity... she's not really that big of a star, and most people have an unfavorable opinion of her.
And, for him to specifically point out (on the show) how the people involved gave up their fee to be involved in the performance-- uh, HELLO, those are the people who helped founded the foundation (or are a part of it in someway)!

Katie's subpar performance aside, I didn't show as a whole lived up to what 100th show should've been. Loved that they brought back Hok & Jaimie, and Travis & Heidi, to do two of my favorite performances, but other than that, it was just another Thursday elimination.

LOL! What I love about this photo you have is Katie is pulling face, something Nigel always criticizes about dancers. He always says that dancers should let their dance speak for them -- apparently Katie doesn't have enough dance in her to not scrunch up her face to look sexy. Ick

Katie Holmes was disappointing, but who cares if it raises money for dance? The performance was a donation, and surely a significant one, to the new dance program for kids. So none of us should be looking the gift horse in the mouth.

Actually, Katie's performance to me underlines exactly WHY we need more shows like American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance to find true talent. Too many of the stars of the last 40 years have been people with connections rather than talent. At least these shows are searching for real talent, and the donations from Katie Holmes' performance may help some truly talented kids find their way to the stage and screen in the not-so-distant future.

So it's OK, Nigel! We understand and AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!


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