"I don't think rap really fits in to 'American Idol' in the sense that I believe rap is an art form in itself more akin to poetry, more akin to drama, if you will."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Nigel Lythgoe on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Nigel Lythgoe on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Nigel Lythgoe on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Nigel Lythgoe on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Nigel Lythgoe on Robert Frost
"There's no question 'Amazing Race' is a beautifully produced show."
"And what is a stage dad, or a stage mom? It's someone who's protective. That's all."
"In my lifetime, I've discovered a great many incredibly talented individuals. Some have achieved stardom. Simultaneously, I've seen many dreams shattered, egos destroyed and lives changed forever. The end destination may well be fame and fortune, but the road to stardom is littered with broken hearts."
"Since we launched the original 'Pop Idol' in England, I've remained close with Simon Fuller. Working as executive producer on 'American idol' for its first seven years not only was an inspirational journey into the heart of American pop culture, it opened my eyes to the untapped potential of the incredibly dynamic young people in this world."
"Since I've been in the U.S. I've lost the back of my heart, 15 ft. of intestine and my marriage - and God, I miss my intestine."