Talk about gracious nominees. Though it was an exciting week for the-little-dance-show-that-could, “So You Think You Can Dance,” which scored its first Emmy nominations (eight total), producer Nigel Lythgoe and nominated host Cat Deeley didn’t exactly have winning on their minds.
For Lythgoe, his loyalties are torn between his other show, “American Idol,” which got 10 nominations, and his other (favorite?) show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” which got eight nominations.
“You know how I feel,” Lythgoe told reporters backstage after “So You Think You Can Dance” Thursday night. “I’m much more passionate about this show than ‘Idol.’ But I want ‘Idol’ to win purely for 10 seasons now … everybody on ‘Idol’ has worked so hard year in, year out. ‘Idol’ is not a six-month job. It’s a year job. And every year we sit there and they say, ‘The winner is ‘Amazing Race.’ So it would be wonderful this season – above all when everything got turned around – if ‘Idol’ wins.”
When Fox executive Mike Darnell told Lythgoe of both show’s nominations Thursday morning, Lythgoe revealed, “He said 10 nominations for ‘American Idol’ and ‘Dance’ has got eight. And I thought he meant ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ because I wasn’t expecting it to be ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ So I said, ‘Yes! We beat them by two!’ And then he explained….”
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First-time nominee Deeley, who jumped up and down on her bed with friends upon hearing the news Thursday morning, graciously said the same thing about her category, Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.
“I don’t think that’s ever going to happen,” Deeley said of winning this year. “Jeff [Probst] has won several years. And I also think that Ryan should absolutely win one before I do. He’s been doing ‘American Idol’ for 11 years or something like that. He handles himself beautifully, with decorum. He’s smart. He makes it look effortless and I think he deserves it. Yeah, I think Seacrest should get it.”
Seacrest apparently doesn’t have high hopes that this is his year, as Deeley shared this little exchange the two had on his radio show Thursday morning. “He said, ‘Deeley, I don’t want to burst your bubble, but here’s how it’s going to go … You’re going to put on a lovely dress. I’m going to put on a very smart suit. We’re going to go there, we’re going to chat with a few people. We’re gonna sit down in our seats, we’ll get a little bit bored, and then Jeff [Probst] will go up and give his acceptance speech, and then we’ll all have to go and get cocktails to feel a little bit better about ourselves’.”
The eight Emmy nominations for “So You Think You Can Dance” include:
Outstanding Reality – Competition Program
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program- Cat Deeley
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety, Music, or Comedy
1. Mia Michaels, Choreographer – Routines: Alice in Mia-Land “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” / “When We Dance” / “This Bitter Earth – On The Nature of Daylight”
2. Stacey Tookey, Choreographer – Routines: “Mad World” / “Sundrenched World” / “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”
3. Travis Wall, Choreographer – Routines: “Collide” / “How It Ends” / “Fix You”
4. Tabitha D’umo, Choreographer and Napoleon D’umo, Choreographer – Routines: “Scars” / “Fallin” / “Outta Your Mind”
5. Mandy Jo Moore, Choreographer – Routines: “Oh Yeah” / “Boogie Shoes” / “I Surrender”