The X Factor isn't a talent show, claims BBC's rival reality judge Nigel Lythgoe

So You Think You Can Dance

The BBC's rival reality telly judge "Nasty" Nigel Lythgoe has claimed that The X Factor isn't a talent show. Speaking ahead of the launch of his new series of So You Think You Can Dance this weekend on BBC One, Lythgoe moaned about novelty acts ruining the programme.

In an interview for the Radio Times, Lythgoe said: "I don't class The X Factor as a talent show. Look at Jedward and Wagner. They're on because we love the fun and the circus of it."

The telly producer was the brains behind the first big reality talent show Pop Idol back in 2001, the programme which turned Simon Cowell from little-known music executive into the household name he is today. "Simon knows what he's doing - it certainly gives the media something to feed off," Lythgoe continued in his chat, "But it destroys the integrity of the show."

So You Think You Can Dance starts this Saturday at 7:10PM on BBC One.

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