But now, as well as running American Idol he is actually dating one in the still-shapely form of sixties screen sex symbol Raquel Welch.They have been quietly dating for more than a month and a close friend of One Million Years B. icon Raquel, now 73, confirmed yesterday: “She finds Nigel fascinating and an absolute English gentleman.“Even though she is almost ten years older than him, she stills looks great and Nigel is so smitten he seems to almost worship the ground she walks on.Now it seems after that traumatic time, the 76-year-old is ready to move on."Tom has had a tough year following the death of Linda, but he has enjoyed Priscilla’s company," a source told The Mirror. There is a spark between them but they are taking it slowly.Raquel’s friend added: “She sees all this as serendipity.“She believes she and Nigel, who have known each other for years, were meant to be together all along and she is already talking about the possibility of him becoming husband number five.”Though separated for years as Lythgoe pursued his Hollywood dream after achieving fame as an acid-tongued judge on UK show Popstars, he and Bonnie, his wife of 26 years, did not finalise their divorce until 2010.“He is now free to tie the knot a second time,” a source close to him at Fox TV, which airs American Idol, declared.“He says he has to pinch himself regularly to remind himself he really is dating one of the world’s most enduring sex symbols.”Lythgoe and Raquel were first seen together in public at a pre-Emmy Awards party on September 20 at trendy Melrose Place, West Hollywood restaurant Fig & Olive and have since been spotted together several times.At 60, he's tall and slim with a set of pearly white teeth and a head of blond curls.
Priscilla and the Suspicious Mind singer’s divorced in 1973, years before his death in 1977. Ten years ago, a TV show called Popstars was created in New Zealand. So, as we gear ourselves up for the start of the sixth series of that show tomorrow night, and an autumn awash with reality talent shows - he prefers to call them 'factual entertainment' - does Lythgoe have even a twinge of conscience about the dumbing down of our airwaves? 'If the public didn't like them, they'd wither and die,' he says. Long before Simon Cowell became the meanest judge on the panel, it was Nigel who spluttered the most spectacular put-downs.On a holiday with his wife Bonnie, British TV executive Nigel Lythgoe saw the Australian version, a format he brought back here. 'The opposite is true.' But what about the growing band of tear-stained winners, most of whom barely achieve even their 15 minutes of fame? Then, having made his name on British Popstars, Lythgoe moved to the U. and became as rich as Croesus producing American Idol and, currently, So You Think You Can Dance.Tom played shy when it came to discussing their romance and said: "We have been friends for a long time."She’s a lovely lady.We do enjoy our nights out together." The What's New Pussycat singer was friends with the King of Rock 'n' Roll, and spent time with Priscilla and Elvis during the 1960s and 1970s. It's all worth it for those two alone.' So what happened to the man once dubbed 'Nasty Nigel'?