Nigel Lythgoe Upset That The Voice Won Emmy Over American Idol Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.23.2013
He posted his feelings on Twitter...
Billboard reports that Nigel Lythgoe appeared to be upset last night on Twitter when NBC's The Voice won an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Show, beating Lythgoe's So You Think You Can Dance, The Amazing Race, Project Runway, Dancing With The Stars and Top Chef.
Shocked that The Voice won. Not so much for #SYTYCD but for #AmericanIdol. The first, the best and the program that changed the face of TV.
Lythgoe is the co-creator and executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance. He has previously shown disappointment that Idol, which will start season thirteen next year, has been defeated in the category for over a decade, losing many times to The Amazing Race.
He added: "I'm talking about over the 11 years American Idol changed the face of television across the World it didn't win an Emmy. Not just lately."
Idol was represented in two segments. The first featured Neal Patrick Harris and Arsenio Hall being treated for hosting addiction, as both were taken to "The Ryan Seacrest Center For Excessive Hosting." The second had Carrie Underwood introduced by Don Cheadle as a singer that was introduced "in your living rooms" before she performed "Yesterday" by The Beatles.
Lythgoe did praise Dancing with the Stars danger Derek Hough for winning Best Choreography. He wrote:
Thrilled for@DerekHough. Delighted for all the choreographers. More importantly so proud to see DANCE take the main stage at #The Emmy's.
Lythgoe was released from Idol in July, and said he was "truly saddened to be leaving a great team of friends and colleagues. ... If the executives that are now in charge of American Idol believe that the ratings will improve with my departure, I have no complaints."