'So You Think You Can Dance': Nigel Lythgoe names Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell as all-stars

nigel-lythgoe-fox.jpg"So You Think You Can Dance" producer Nigel Lythgoe is having some April Fools' fun, naming "American Idol" judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul as new "SYTYCD" all-stars.

The new format for "SYTYCD" involves a pool of all-star dancers from past season who will take turns dancing with the Top 10 dancers (instead of a Top 20).

Nigel has been slowly announcing the all-stars, which so far include Twitch (Season 4) and Kathryn (Season 6). But on Thursday, April 1 he announced two more:

"I am delighted to name our third "All-Star" she is brilliant at, Tap, Broadway, Jazz and Hip Hop. She only agreed this morning- PAULA ABDUL."

"He may be leaving "Idol" but he's joining the "AllStars" before his wedding, representing the genres of Wacking and Vogueing- SIMON COWELL."

As far as pranks go, that's a pretty good one. But Nigel did tell us in a conference call on Monday, March 29 in regards to Paula:

She is an absolutely fabulous, caring judge. I don't always understand what she says and I don' t care about that ... she knows exactly what she's talking about in dance terms. I can't think of anybody better than Paula Abdul to judge on this show. Whether she wants to do it or not, whether it's the right time for her to come back as a judge on this show is up to her and her management. I know she loves dancing and I know where her heart is but after that you  have to speak in business terms. She and her management will have to decide. But I certainly would love her. If she wants to come, she has a place, even if it means having five bloody judges on the show.

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